Screentime and Bedtime


Screentime and Bedtime

We have all seen advertisements for wonder cures or products. Often, these high energy infomercials promise miracle results with relative ease and several payments of $19.99 with free shipping. However, many of us are leary of these as-seen-on-tv pledges and often proceed with caution. Afterall, our experiences have taught us that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. With that in mind, please answer the following “yes” or “no” question.

If you could improve your child’s overall well-being, academic progress, moods, and attention spans with a natural, FREE, and easy fix, would you be interested in reading more information?

At first glance, that leading inquiry sounds suspiciously like someone peddling a concoction of snake oil to desperate parents. However, it’s obvious that most of us would answer with a resounding “yes”, because ultimately we want the best for our sons and daughters. Thankfully, our kids can reap the benefits of this solution without expensive vitamins, state of the art appliances, or fancy gadgets to make a huge difference in their lives.

The amazing solution: more sleep.

Yes, by simply getting the recommended amount of sleep every night, our children can drastically enhance their school performance, anxiety levels, moods, and physical health. Recent data uncovered that a majority of our kids are sleep deprived and this lack of zzz’s has far reaching consequences outside of the bedroom. Surprisingly, sleep can help regulate a child’s ability to focus, control impulses, regulate body functions, and foster healthy neurological development. All of which, are important for our sons and daughters, but even more so for those who are already struggling in the classroom or with other daily living tasks.

We know sleep is important, but today’s children are teetering on a sleepless epidemic. Studies have unearthed that over 87 percent of our teenagers are deprived of sleep and 69 percent of children typically will experience one or more sleep issues during a week’s time.Those numbers are alarming on many levels, but one surprising culprit lurking in our homes may be derailing bedtime and contributing to our kids’ lack of shut eye.

Our beloved modern devices and technology (tablets, Smartphones, computers, gaming systems, and more) have the ability to interfere with our quality of sleep. It’s easy to assume that only adults are affected by disrupted circadian rhythms or interrupted REM sleep with cellphone alerts. Unfortunately, researchers are finding that even our youngest family members are feeling the effects of glowing screens and strained eyes when it comes to a good night’s rest.

Screentime and Bedtime

 

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