A new study in the journal Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics determined that the more TV children watch before bedtime, the less sleep they are likely to get at night.
The survey involved more than 2,000 children and young people age 5 to 24 in New Zealand. Researchers traced the kids’ activities for 90 minutes prior to bedtime, including playing video games, listening to music, working on homework and watching TV.
Most spent about 30 minutes during that period watching TV. Those who went to bed later reported spending 13 more minutes watching TV or engaging with another kind of screen.
The authors concluded that limiting screen time could help children and teens get to sleep earlier.