Jun 21, 2019


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Screens before bedtime. Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner, what effect do smartphones and iPads have on kids' sleep?

Dr. Gellner: The mere presence of these devices in the bedroom could disrupt sleep quality and quantity in kids. It's an important part of their development, and not sleeping well can cause a variety of problems especially with behavior. There's a theory that the digital content of these devices could psychologically stimulate children, making them more awake at the time of usage. Also, the light coming from these devices could disrupt the body's Circadian rhythm. So, if your child stays awake longer on their phones or tablet, their energy level is going to be increasingly down the next day. The best advice: set a time limit for when all devices need to be turned off and they will get better overall sleep and that will make for a happier, healthier child.

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