Electronics May Be Depriving Children Of Much-Needed Sleep

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Anybody who is in the baby boomer age group grew up at a time when there were fewer distractions and, as a child, it was made clear that bedtime and rest were extremely important.

Things are a bit different these days. According to a survey of more than 1,100 parents, children aren’t getting the sleep they need.

Here is the breakdown: children in the 6-10 age range appear to be getting only 85% of what they need, and 15-17 year olds get 78%. It doesn’t take a scientific study to figure out the reasons – although in this case one was done anyway!

Three in four children between 6 and 17 have at least one electronic device in their bedroom. This amounts to on average one hour less sleep than those without devices.

In case you are wondering, 6-10 year olds should get 10 to 11 hours. After age 10, nine hours is the goal.

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