Have you ever wondered about the effects of screen time and sleep patterns? Recent studies suggests that having a television, computer or mobile phone in a child’s bedroom causes anxiety and prevents sleep therefore affecting school academic performance. Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Vriend, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada suggests that one of the biggest culprits for inadequate and disturbed sleep is technology. She notes that many teenagers sleep with their phones and are awakened regularly when they get a text, email or Facebook message. Further, the Journal of Pediatric Psychology warns that losing as little as an hour’s sleep can ruin a child’s performance at school. Thinking again where to place your computer, television and game consoles in your home? Your child’s bedroom is definitely not the place.
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