New research is drilling down on the link between our time spent in front of screens and the duration and quality of our sleep. Much of the new data focuses on the impact of screen time and teen sleep.
What’s fascinating is that studies are now looking beyond simply the amount of screen time and its impact on sleep, but rather the kinds of screen time and how the what, when and how many devices can have critical implications on the amount of quality of deep sleep.
Here are some key findings that every parent (and teen!) should know:
- If a teen’s total, daytime screen time surpassed four hours, that was associated with a 49 percent higher risk of taking longer than one hour to fall asleep when compared to adolescents whose cumulative daily screen time fell below four hours.
- Total screen viewing that exceeded two hours after school was “strongly linked” to both a longer period of tossing and turning before dreams finally came—and with shorter, nightly sleep duration.
- Teens who used two to three devices each day were more likely to sleep for less than five hours when compared to those used just one gadget.
And how much sleep should your teen actually be getting? Ready for this? That would be 8-10 hours.
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