A Smartphone And A Child’s Sleep – Part 1 of 3
A Smartphone And A Child’s Sleep. A smartphone in a child’s bedroom may bugger good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests. A swotting of more than 2000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime. “Studies have shown that traditional screens and screen time, for instance TV viewing, can interfere with sleep, but much less is known about the impacts of smartphones and other small screens,” said study lead author Jennifer Falbe, of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Small screens are of itemized concern because they provide access to a wide range of content, including games, videos, websites and texts, that can be used in bed and delay sleep.
They also exhale audible notifications of incoming communications that may interrupt sleep. “We found that both sleeping near a small screen and sleeping in a room with a TV set were related to shorter weekday sleep duration. Children who slept near a parsimonious screen, compared to those who did not, were also more likely to feel like they did not get enough sleep”. The findings were published online Jan 5, 2015 and in the February print issue of the almanac Pediatrics.
And “Despite the importance of sleep to child health, development and performance in school, many children are not sleeping enough. Preteen school-aged children need at least 10 hours of rest each day, while teenagers need between nine and 10, the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute advises. For this study, the researchers focused on the sleep habits of nearly 2050 boys and girls who had participated in the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Study in 2012-2013.