Streaming instead of dreaming: Using phones and tablets before bed stops kids from sleeping and can lead to health issues

A new study suggests that bedtime phone use is causing children to sleep less and be excessively tired the next day, which could have serious repercussions to their health

From Daily Mail article July 25th 2018:

  • Children aged six to 13 need around nine to 11 hours of sleep a night
  • Phone use affects sleep quantity and quality, and makes them more tired
  • Poor sleep can lead to short and long term health consequences including obesity, reduced immunity and poor mental health

With the average age to receive your first mobile phone now just 10, portable media devices are becoming more and more present in children's lives.

But having a mobile phone by a child's bed may have detrimental effects.

A new study suggests that bedtime phone use is causing children to sleep less and be excessively tired the next day, which could have serious repercussions to their health.

Children aged six to 13 need around 9-11 hours of sleep.

Dr Ben Carter, who led the study, told MailOnline: 'Sleep is crucial for the development of healthy children and adults. 

'The effects of poor sleep can lead to short and long term health consequences including (but not exclusive to): obesity; reduced immunity; and poor mental health.

The researchers from King's College London reviewed medical literature in the hopes of understanding the effects of smartphone use at bedtime.

They looked at 20 studies that involved 125,198 children, with an average age of 14….

 

Read more of this Daily Mail (UK) article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3882746/Streaming-instead-dreaming-Using-phones-bed-stops-kids-sleeping-lead-health-issues.html

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