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TV Before Bed May Hinder Children’s Sleep

Research has found that children who watch more television before (around 90 minutes of screen time) bed sleep less.

Samples of children ages 5 to 18 from New Zealand were asked how they spend time before bed. Those who spent the most time in front of the TV, video games or computers were more likely to go to sleep later than those avoiding screen activities before bed.

The children who participated in the study were interviewed in person and then followed up with by phone during an eight month period between 2008 and 2009. Overall, younger participants went to bed earlier than older ones. The most common activities before bed were watching TV (47.8 percent), dressing/undressing (41.8 percent) and brushing one's teeth (41.5 percent).

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