According to a new study, children who sleep in a room where there are electronics like TVs and other devices get less sleep than they should and this could affect their growing process.
Researchers discovered that children sleep less because of electronics in their rooms, while those who don’t have any kind of electronic device in their bedroom get more hours of sleep.
One of the authors of the new study, Jennifer Falbe said that more studies are needed to confirm the recent results and added that it’s a proven fact that children who spend too much time in front a screen can damage their health in many ways.
Previous studies have shown that kids with television sets in their bedrooms get less sleep than they should, while other studies have tied lack of sleep to other issues like academic performance and obesity.
There aren’t many studies on the effect of smaller electronics in children’s rooms, the new study says.
Falbe and her team of researchers have collected data from 2,048 kids. The kids were mostly fourth and seventh graders who were part of a study on obesity in Massachusetts.
The researchers found that children who slept in a room where there was a TV were sleeping 18 minutes less each night, compared to other kids who did not have a TV in the bedroom.
Also, the study revealed that children who slept near smaller electronic devices like smartphones and tablets , slept 21 minutes less per night, compared to children who did not sleep near any of those devices.
The study showed that watching too much television and playing video games can cause lack of sleep in smaller children. Black and Hispanic children are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the screened electronic devices, but scientists said they don’t have any sufficient data to say why this happens.
Dr. Heidi Connolly, an expert in sleep medicine from the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital in New York, said that the new study proved that not only the TV can cause lack of sleep in children, but also smaller electronics. Dr. Connolly advises parents to keep these devices outside the kids’ bedroom, for a healthy sleep.
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