For every hour of TV your kids watch, they lose seven minutes of sleep a night.
This eye-opening statistic was a product of a research study done by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health. The researchers studied 1,800 children from the ages of six months to eight years old.
The study focused on the effects of televisions in the bedrooms of children. The opening statistic was a byproduct of this study.
As expected, children with TV’s readily accessible to them (in their bedrooms) slept less than children without televisions at their disposal. Boys were much more susceptible to sleep loss when given the opportunity to monitor their own viewing schedule.
The study also found that ethnic minorities were far more likely to sleep with a television. When this group was provided a television, the average sleep loss was half an hour a day.
When possible, keep the mattress and the digital entertainment in separate rooms. Keep the amount of television your children watch to a minimum and give them every opportunity they deserve.