Parents concerned about their children’s lack of sleep, which can affect school performance and behavior, may want to consider how much television their kids watch before bedtime.
A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the more television children watch in the evening, the less sleep they get that night.
Researchers studied the sleep and evening television habits of more than 2,000 adolescents between the ages of 5 and 24, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They kept track of how they spent the 90 minutes before bedtime.
Those who went to sleep later reported watching up to 13 minutes more of television than the others.
“Study authors conclude that reducing screen time may help promote earlier sleep onset in children and adolescents,” the news release states.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
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