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Is text messaging to blame for children not getting enough sleep?

I don't normally run with the same theme over consecutive blog posts, but further to last Friday's post about the importance of sleep in children I want to share with you something that was published in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Firstly, the article states that it's difficult to tell the difference between a child who is over-tired and a child who has a behaviour disorder. I find that quite shocking.

Secondly, the article mentions that mobile phones and text messaging could be (at least partly) to blame for our children not getting enough sleep.

Unlike a telephone conversation which is live, immediate, and over when the phone is put down, text messages are delayed - you send a message and then wait for the response. Whilst this isn't a problem (necessarily) during the day, a study of 13 year olds in the US found that 45% of them used their phones after 3 am.

That's a lot of children staying awake at night waiting to receive a text message.

Maybe we should insist that when it's 'lights off', it's also 'phones off'.

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Last updated: March 27, 2014

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Martin Reed

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