Today’s infants are among the first to grow up surrounded by touchscreen devices from birth. These Kids, however, are likely to lose 15 minutes of sleep for every hour of tablet use, says a new study.
According to a new study published by the journal Nature: “Traditional screen time (e.g. TV and videogaming) has been linked to sleep problems and poorer developmental outcomes in children. With the advent of portable touchscreen devices, this association may be extending down in age to disrupt the sleep of infants and toddlers, an age when sleep is essential for cognitive development.”
The study, conducted by researchers at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London, surveyed children between 6-36 months old, and came to a not-unexpected conclusion:
Data from 715 UK infants and toddlers aged 6-36 months indicated a significant association between the frequency of touchscreen use and sleep quantity (reduced total duration, with reduced duration of night-time and increased daytime sleep), and longer sleep onset (time taken to fall asleep)…Every additional hour of tablet use was associated with 15.6 minutes less total sleep.