A newly released study confirms that kids losing sleep is linked to the amount of TV they watch. The study was published Monday on Pediatrics.
The study is building off of previous research that suggested that there was a consistent link between kids watching more TV and sleeping for shorter periods of time.
“More TV viewing, and, among racial/ethnic minority children, the presence of a bedroom TV, were associated with shorter sleep from infancy to midchildhood,” the study concluded.
The research was conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health. They followed more than 1,800 children between the ages of six months and eight years old. The mothers of the children were asked to report how much TV their kids watched, starting at six months old up until age seven.
The study found that as the children’s TV viewing time increased, the amount of time the slept decreased. Where a six month old child was sleeping 12 hours per day, the seven year old kids were only sleeping ten hours per day. On average, the TV viewing increased from one hour per day to 1.6 hours per day.
Also, children with TV’s in their bedrooms increased by 6 percent from the ages of four to seven. Those with a TV in their bedroom go, an average, a half-hour less sleep per night than those without.
“Inadequate sleep in childhood is associated with health outcomes, including attention problems, school performance and an increased risk of obesity,” said Elizabeth Cespedes, the study’s lead author.
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