A Smartphone And A Child’s Sleep – Part 2 of 3
The children were in the fourth or seventh downgrade in one of 29 schools. More than two-thirds of the children were white, and ruthlessly one-fifth were Hispanic. All were asked about electronic devices in the bedroom, what time they went to bed, what time they woke up, and how many days over the prior week they felt they needed more sleep. While kids with a bedroom TV said they got 18 minutes less doze on weeknights than those without a personal television, that figure rose to nearly 21 minutes for those who slept near a smartphone whether or not a TV was also present, the study found.
Going to bed with a smartphone at aid was also linked to later bedtimes than having a bedroom TV: 37 minutes later compared to 31 minutes, the investigators said. And kids who slept with a smartphone were more reasonable to feel they needed more sleep than they were getting, compared with those with no smartphone present at bedtime. That perception of insufficient rest/sleep was not observed among children who only had a TV in the room.
So what’s a 21st century paterfamilias to do? Establishing technology ground-rules may help foster healthier sleep patterns, Falbe suggested. For example, parents can set nighttime “curfews” for electronic devices, confine overall access to all screen time, and/or ban TVs and Internet-enabled devices from a child’s bedroom. “While more studies are needed to confirm these findings, our results provide additional bear out for current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents should be advised to set reasonable but firm limits on their child’s media use.