The Media and Sleep

The Media and Sleep

Research describing concern about media use and sleep in children dates at least to the 1970’s.A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says:“a 1981 study of middle-class children in Indiana found an association between TV viewing and both shorter daytime naps and shorter nighttime sleep among toddlers. Such results have been replicated subsequently and seem…

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The Media and Sleep

The average number of hours that children over age five spend watching television has only changed a little in the past generation.  However, among very young children, television and video/DVD viewing has increased dramatically.A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports:

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The Media and Sleep

Parents pass many good traits to their kids. One of these traits can be a lifetime of good sleep habits.A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says, ”Sleep is the subject of some confusion and considerable anxiety among parents of infants, but fades gradually to an afterthought among most parents of older children, who struggle…

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One in Five Toddlers Has Their Own TV

The Centers for Disease Control and the Oregon Public Health Division has revealed that almost one in five two year olds has a television in their bedroom.These children watch more than two hours of programming every day. Excessive exposure of infants to television is associated with impaired cognitive, language, and emotional development as well as…

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Short Sleep Risk Factors in Infants

Many parents believe that solid food before bedtime enhances the sleep duration of their infants. However, researchers have highlighted that the early introduction of solid food and television viewing are significant risk factors for shorter sleep through two years old. At age one year the impact of solid food introduced before 4 months of age…

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Regarding Kids and Sleep…

Two previous blogs in this series talked about “Things to Know About Your Kids Sleep Habits” and “How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?” So, let’s take a look at what can be done.A report from Stanford University gave these recommendations:

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Association between Television, Movie, and Video Game Exposure and School Performance

In a recent post I examined some of the ways that excessive use of electronic media can be a danger to young people. But how does media exposure affect children's school performance? 

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TV Watching May Make Your Kids Fat

Watching television is very common among youth, as is computer use, and both of these are related to childhood obesity. The reason for this relationship seems to be two-fold: watching television not only takes away from time when kids would otherwise be physically active, but they also tend to snack while watching TV. Computer use…

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Watching TV Will Make You Diabetic

Watching TV will Make You Diabetic Watching TV is bad for your health. Watching TV will make you diabetic. Here is the story. The TV viewing habits of more than 50,000 women from 11 states were recently analyzed as part of the Nurses’ Health Study.During six years of observation, 1515 of these formerly healthy women developed…

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Watching TV Will Make You Fat

High Definition TV and huge screens have enhanced our home entertainment. Add surround sound and we are immersed in sights and sounds that are truly mesmerizing. Unfortunately, the experience is entirely passive. You don’t have to move a muscle. You just sit there watching and snacking.

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