Nowadays people often face TV, computer, mobile phone and other electronic screens, many children are no exception. Scientific research shows that compared with adults, children’s sleep is more easily affected by the electronic screen. This article will tell about the relevant common sense. Children playing electronic products may cause sleep problems!
Children often lack sleep? Electronic products may be the culprit
A study of more than 2000 primary and junior high school students found that compared with children without electronic products in the bedroom, children with personal TV in the bedroom will have 18 minutes less sleep time, and if there is a smart phone in the bedroom, children’s sleep time will be reduced by nearly 21 minutes, and the use of smart phones before going to bed will be delayed by 37 minutes.
According to WebMD, a new study shows that smart phones in children’s bedrooms can damage their sleep habits, even worse than TV. Experts suggest that parents limit their children’s use of small screen devices.
A study of more than 2000 primary and junior high school students found that children with smartphones or tablets in their bedrooms usually sleep less and often feel sleepy during the day.
Jennifer Faber, from the school of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the project, said: “traditional video images such as watching TV can interfere with sleep, but far less than smartphones and tablets. The latter provides a wider range of content, including games, videos, web pages and text, which can be used in bed, greatly delaying sleep time. In addition, receiving calls and text messages from time to time can interfere with sleep. “
Feber points out that children who don’t have smartphones, tablets or TVs in their bedrooms are significantly more likely to get enough sleep, while those who don’t overuse them are more likely to feel that they don’t get enough sleep, even if they just sleep next to them. The results were published online on January 5 and will be published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics.
Adequate sleep is very important for children’s physical health, intellectual development and school performance. According to the national heart, lung and Blood Institute, school-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep a day, while teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep.
In the study, researchers studied the sleeping habits of 2050 boys and girls, more than two-thirds of whom were white and about one-fifth Hispanic. The researchers will ask children when to go to bed, when to wake up when they have electronic devices in their bedrooms, when they think they need more sleep, etc.
The study found that children with personal TVs in their bedrooms had 18 minutes less sleep than children without electronics, while children with smartphones in their bedrooms had nearly 21 minutes less sleep. Using a smartphone before bedtime will delay sleep by 37 minutes, while watching TV before bedtime will delay sleep by 31 minutes. Children who use smartphones feel less sleep than others.
So what should parents do in the 21st century? Falbe suggests establishing basic rules for using electronics to help promote healthy sleep patterns. For example, parents can impose a “curfew” on electronic devices and limit the time they use them, or prohibit the placement of electronic products in their children’s rooms.
Dr. David Duncan, an assistant professor at Icahn Medical College in New York, agreed with the study. He said that there are many data that show that small screens disrupt the sleep cycle of adults and adolescents, which may have a long-term impact on health. Parents should let their children use electronic products reasonably.
Baibai safety net suggests that taking electronic products out of the bedroom is an important step to prepare a good sleeping environment for children. Establishing children’s healthy sleep habits and limiting the use time of night electronic devices can prevent corresponding sleep problems. If you have any questions about children’s home-based knowledge such as electric shock prevention, please continue to pay attention to Baibai safety net children’s electric shock prevention common sense column.