Smartphones and tablets cause poor sleep in children

Research Summary
By: 
Meg Guard
Research Assistant

Research has found that using electronics at bedtime more than doubles the risk of poor sleep for children.  The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, examined data from children who reported using their smartphone or tablet within 90 minutes of bedtime. These children were more likely to have poor sleep quality and quantity, as well as excessive daytime sleepiness. Researchers believe that screen time affects children's sleep by disrupting sleep cycles. Poor sleep leads to adverse health outcomes in children, thus it is important for parents to understand the impact electronic devices may have on their children’s sleep. Learn more about sleep and screen time at ScienceDaily.