CREAL: TV Time Linked With Poor Sleep In Preschoolers

CREAL: TV Time Linked With Poor Sleep In Preschoolers

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A recent study found that the more TV preschool children watched during the day, the less sleep they generally got at night. The study looked at preschool-aged and elementary-aged children and was based on parents' observations. The authors concluded that limiting the hours children spend watching TV may be best for their sleep schedules.

The study, led by Marcella Marinelli, PhD, of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, an ISGlobal research centre, looked for links between how much TV children watched and how much sleep they got. The researchers analyzed the data provided by the parents of 1,713 children in three Spanish cities (Valencia, Menorca and Sabadell) from INMA project.

However, "children who reduced the amount of time spent in front of the television had some recovery of sleep duration," Marinelli said.

More information:

JAMA Pediatrics.