Nowadays we are seeing most of the kids becoming fond of playing games on smartphones. According to a study, it’s found that children might be over double the risk of having inadequate sleep, which may lead to various health issues.
Sleep has always been given less importance but it’s vital for children’s development. Lack of sleep causes physical and mental health consequences, that includes including poor diet, sedative behaviour, obesity, reduced immunity, stunted growth and mental health issues, said the researchers from Cardiff University.
At present, 72 percent of children and 89 percent of adolescents have at least one device in their sleeping environment and most are used near bedtime.
“With the ever-growing popularity of portable media devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the problem of poor sleep amongst children is set to get worse,” said Ben Carter from Cardiff University.
Attention! Smartphone’s Affecting your Child Brain Development!
Such devices are thought to adversely impact sleep through a variety of ways including displacing, delaying or interrupting sleep time, psychologically stimulating the brain, and affecting circadian timing, sleep physiology and alertness, the researchers noted.
“Our findings suggest that an integrated approach involving parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals are necessary to improve sleep habits near bedtime,” Carter added.
For the study, reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the team conducted a systematic review of 20 existing observational studies, involving 125,198 children.