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Are working parents and technology damaging the sleep of our children?

An interesting report out of India found that children aged between ten and eighteen years are spending an average of six to seven hours per day using an electronic device.

What has this got to do with insomnia, you ask? Well, I've already written about the debate over technology harming sleep.

I've also written about how televisions, cell phones and video games can harm a child's sleep and even cause insomnia.

Childhood insomnia comes with a number of risks - so it makes sense that we should do all that we can to improve the sleep of our children.

The Indian survey found that 80% of school kids were getting less than eight hours of sleep each night. Interestingly, the survey also discovered that if both parents work, a child is more likely to use electronic devices for an extended period of time compared to children who only have a single parent who works.

It would appear that this all comes down to supervision, then. As we see more studies released linking technology with sleep deprivation in children, it makes sense that as parents, we should be closely monitoring just how accessible we make electronic devices to our children, and how frequently they use them.

After all, the consequences can be serious.

Source: India Blooms

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Last updated: June 4, 2013

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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