Researchers from Harvard University have found that kids who watch more TV get less sleep. A study done on kids between the ages of 6 months and 8 years, found that the kids who spent the most time in front of the TV slept the least.
The scientists studied more than 1800 kids and found that for every hour spent watching TV equaled 7 minutes less of sleep. The consistent pattern of sleep deprivation was especially found in kids who sleep with the TV on in their room.
The mothers of the kids in the study completed questionnaires regarding their children’s TV viewing habits, including whether the kids had a TV in their bedroom, as well as recording the amount of time spent watching TV. The duration of the study spanned over a few years, also showed that boys who sleep with the TV on in their room on got less sleep than girls.
Sleep loss is shown to have negative effects on kid’s mental and physical health, causing increased weight gain and lowering the cognitive functions of the brain. Kids that aren’t getting enough sleep are more prone to throwing temper tantrums, showing defiant behavior, difficulty waking up in the morning, and have more trouble focusing throughout the day.
Kids ranging in ages from toddlers up to 8 years typically need about 11 to 13 hours of sleep daily, and the amount of time spent in front of the television should be limited.
Kids Who Watch More TV Get Less Sleep, According to New Study.