Screen Time? Time for an Alarm Clock?

While it may come as no surprise that getting kids to sleep is tough, what may come as a surprise is the effect your TV, computer and cellphone use has on them. For one,…

Screen Time? Time for an Alarm Clock?

While it may come as no surprise that getting kids to sleep is tough, what may come as a surprise is the effect your TV, computer and cellphone use has on them. For one, it looks like the time spent glued to these electronics is not only adding to the level of stress you have to tolerate, but delaying the onset of sleep.

According to a new study, the older kids get, the more time they spend on devices. Teens and teens ages 12 to 18 spent 30 minutes more on screens on a normal night. Add another 20 minutes if they’re in bed by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.

If you don’t feel comfortable, there are some studies that claim you can reduce your child’s screen time, as well as the amount of time they spend in bed.

Even though there may be a huge value in being up in the morning, it should not stop you from trying something else to get them out of bed. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the biggest sleep disruption in kids comes from busy work schedules. According to this group, sleep can be affected from a work schedule of 15 or more hours. It also suggests that if you’re not able to get your kid to bed until 10 p.m., things might be going too well.

Dr. Joel Bonnet, who has been practicing in DC for over 20 years, mentioned that their house’s alarm clock automatically gets set for 12:30 a.m. and that’s not even the hardest part, he added.

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