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Electronic devices may have a more negative effect on a child's sleep than television.
By MedPage Today
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The impact of excessive television exposure on children has been well documented, but "small screen" devices (such as smartphones or tablets) may be even more harmful to a child's sleep patterns. A new study in Pediatrics suggests that children who slept near a small screen in their room reported fewer minutes of sleep and later bedtimes than children who slept with a TV in their room.
In fact, the presence of a small screen appeared to impact a child's sleep patterns more than a television. The study reported that children with small screens in their bedrooms also reported 20.6 fewer minutes of sleep per weekday (95% CI minus 29.7-minus 11.4) than those who never slept near a small screen, independent of having a TV in their room, while children with TVs in their bedrooms reported 18.0 fewer minutes of weekday sleep (95% CI minus 27.9-minus 8.1), independent of small screens.
Both small screens and television caused similar delays in sleep. Children sleeping near a small screen and sleeping with a TV in the room were associated with a 37.0 minute and 31.1 minute later bedtimes, respectively, the authors wrote.
Lead author, Jennifer Falbe, ScD, MPH, of the school of public health at the University of California in Berkeley, said the interactive nature of small screens is concerning.
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