Wondering how screens can effect the quality of sleep for kids? A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that they will need an entirely screen-free bedroom — and that includes both big screens and small.
While studies have long since linked televisions in the bedroom with poorer quality sleep (according to the National Sleep Foundation, adolescents with a bedroom TV have later bedtimes, more difficulty falling asleep and shorter total sleep times), the new study offers insight on the impact of smaller screens as well.
Children who slept near a small screen (yep, that phone!) reported 20 fewer minutes of sleep than those who didn’t have any screens in the bedroom. Those same children reported feeling as if they didn’t get enough rest, according to researchers. Ditto watching TV and playing video games before bed: Both are linked to poorer quality sleep.
In another study, researchers discovered that texting and emailing after bedtime, even once a week, dramatically increases self-reported daytime sleepiness among teens.
The solution? Lights out means shutting down all electronics well before bedtime.