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Monday, October 31, 2016

Mobile devices in the bedroom rob kids of sleep, study says

Dads and moms who are concerned about the quantity and quality of their children's sleep should keep mobile devices like phones, tablets and laptops out of kids' bedrooms, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.

It's no surprise that using a mobile device before bedtime is associated with trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as more daytime sleepiness. Most of us know that the light from tablets and phones can mess with circadian rhythms, making it harder for us and our kids to get a good night's sleep, for example.

But the authors also report that simply having access to a device in the bedroom — even if it is not used before bed — is associated with increased odds of poor sleep length and quality for kids.


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