Study: cell phones rob children of sleep

Study: cell phones rob children of sleep

Stolen sleep: smartphones out of the children's room

Cell phones, tablets and Co. And even more so than TVs. The lack of sleep threatens other health problems such as difficulty concentrating and tiredness. Parents should set up clear rules for their offspring.

Children are prevented from sleeping By cell phones, smartphones, tablets and Co., children are prevented from sleeping even more than by television. According to research by Jennifer Falbe of the University of California, Berkeley, adolescents who have such devices in their bedrooms sleep 21 minutes less than their peers. According to the study, the little ones only got 18 minutes less sleep with TV sets in the children's room. According to experts, parents should therefore set up clear rules for their offspring when purchasing a smartphone and ensure that the child no longer gets stressed with a cell phone.

Over 50 percent of children sleep near smartphones The study surveyed over 2,000 schoolchildren between the ages of nine and twelve. 54 percent of children said they sleep near their smartphones. Study author Falbe warned against "Yahoo Parenting": "These devices are particularly worrying because they are a door to social networks, videos and other distractions and send out notifications that can interrupt sleep." Psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explained to "Yahoo Parenting ”, why the television in the bedroom is less dangerous than the smartphone:“ We do not have the same emotional attachment to the television or the same expectations. We don't check emails or Instagram postings on our TV. When we watch TV, the intensity of the emotional response is very different. "

Health consequences The researchers also suspect that the brightness of the small screens delays the release of the hormone melatonin, which is necessary for sleep, more than that of television sets. In addition to difficulty concentrating at school, the constant lack of sleep can also lead to serious health consequences. For example, children who sleep too little over a longer period of time and are reluctant to move during the day due to their tiredness, for example, more often suffer from overweight or obesity.

Young people are online too much

Many parents believe that smartphones and computers are far too important in the lives of many children and adolescents. For example, a representative survey conducted by the Forsa opinion research institute on behalf of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) a few months ago showed that half of the young people in Germany, according to their parents, are online too much. Many of them are already showing signs of online dependency. However, other health consequences, such as back pain or headache, are also becoming more common among extreme surfers. (ad)

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