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The Hard Truth about Screen Time and Sleep for Kids

January 10, 2019 • Kids Health LLC • Sleep
Girl and boy with their smart phones

The number of sleep children and adolescents gets each night is continuing to decrease, and researchers believe screen time may be to blame. Sleep is incredibly important for cognitive and physical processes alike, especially for children and teens. However, research shows that school-aged children and adolescents are continuing to get fewer and fewer hours of sleep over time, even though sleep deficits negatively impact mood, learning outcomes, and overall health. While there are likely a number of factors contributing to young people’s growing sleep deficits, studies suggest that screens have a significant effect.

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