Toddlers Who Use Touch Screens Get Less Sleep

Posted: Apr 17 2017, 12:42pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Toddlers Who Use Touch Screens Get Less Sleep
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  • Touchscreens may be causing short-term insomnia in toddlers

Every hour a toddler spends in front of a tablet or smartphone they lose 15 minutes of sleep

Touchscreen use may lead to sleep deprivation in toddlers who spend time in front of smartphones and tablets. They get slightly less sleep compared to toddlers who don’t use touchscreens. Every single hour spent in front of a touchscreen cuts fifteen minutes from the sleep time of toddlers.

The revelations were brought to light by a research published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. It was carried out by researchers at the University of London.

However there is a plus side to toddlers using touchscreens as such babies are more likely to develop their fine motor skills. Especially toddlers who learn to swipe rather than just watch the screens have an increased pace of motor development.

Therefore parents can rest assured some time in front of a touchscreen may not be harmful for toddlers. Such children are also more likely to sleep less at night and more at day.

According to one of the main researchers, Dr. Tim Smith; the insomnia caused in toddlers may not be massive but every minute of sleep is important for development in toddlers.

Children under the age of three were taken as a sample for the research, according to BBC. Although the results are not worrying they do indicate touchscreens may be responsible for sleeping problems.

Since the results were inconclusive the best possible approach is to limit the time spent in front of a screen. Putting a time limit on the usage of devices will ensure children are more active physically and their sleep is not endangered.

Touchscreen devices should especially be avoided by toddlers before bedtime. Similarly a cognitive developmental researcher Dr. Anna Joyce stated along in touchscreen devices blue lights should also be avoided to prevent insomnia in children.

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