SLEEP & SCREENS
Your teen may say they need their phone in their room because it's their alarm clock. We suggest that you turn back time and just have a plain alarm clock in their room. Turning over those mobile devices each evening really can help kids get a good night's sleep. In February 2015, the journal Pediatrics published a study of 2048 4th- and 7th-graders that shows that sleeping with a small screen decreased sleep time by 20 minutes, usually because of delayed bedtimes. The association between small screens and reduced sleep increases with age. In its conclusion the study’s findings “caution against unrestricted screen access in children’s bedrooms.”
Sleep Duration, Restfulness, and Screens in the Sleep Environment, American Academy of Pediatrics
Blogs and Articles
Sleep and Screens: Get an Alarm Clock, by Delaney Ruston, MD
Sleep Duration, Restfulness and Screens in the Sleep Environment, by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sleeping with a Smartphone, Wendy Sue Swanson, MD at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.