Recent studies have shown that children who sleep in the same room as their smaller screens or smartphones are deprived of almost 21 minutes of sleep per night.
The research was published in the Pediatrics journal and two age groups were studied during the research, which are 9 years old group and 12 years old group.
The research brings us to a critical problem that children need almost 8 to 10 hours of regular sleep in order to nurture and develop into healthy adults.
It is compelling to note that while gadgets have made our and our children’s lives easier, but they have also taken away our children’s sleep. If proper smartphone usage habits are not instilled by parents than it would have detrimental effect in the overall growth of the child.
21 minutes of sleep depreciation was found in children who had a smartphone in their bedrooms. This sleep pattern has also been linked with weight gain and ultimately obesity.
Parents need to monitor and regulate the time their children in front of a smaller screen. They can have curfews over smartphone usage during bed time.
Even adults who spend much time in front of these smaller screens are affected. Most of them say they feel drowsiness and have worse sleep patterns off late. Sleep times are also affected by the audible notifications that these gadgets make during our sleep ours.