by Dr. Meenakshy Varier on  November 1, 2016 at 1:41 PM Lifestyle News
Quality Of Sleep Affected By Use Of Media Devices At Bedtime
Portable media devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are constantly present in children's lives, and the majority of children and adolescents have devices present where they sleep.

A new article published online by JAMA Pediatrics suggests that access to and use of media devices cut into the quantity and quality of their sleep.

Sleep is crucial for children for healthy physical and psychological development.

Ben Carter, Ph.D., M.Sc., of King's College London, and coauthors reviewed medical literature for an analysis that included randomized clinical trials and other study designs.

They assessed 20 studies - involving 125,198 children with an average age of 14.5 years - for methodological quality and included 17, with 11 studies included in the meta-analysis.

The authors report a consistent association between bedtime media device use and inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Children who had access to but did not use media devices at night also were more likely to have inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Limitations of the study include an inability to establish causality.

"We recommend that interventions to minimize device access and use need to be developed and evaluated. Interventions should include a multidisciplinary approach from teachers and health care professionals to empower parents to minimize the deleterious influences on child health," the report concludes.

Source: Medindia

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