Screens and digital devices have slowly grown to be a bigger part of a child's life at a younger and younger age. But while many tablets and television shows can offer stimulating ways to entertain and educate children, TV may also come with some serious adverse effects on sleep. At 5 Little Monkeys, we strive to help kids everywhere experience the profound effects of healthy, restful sleep through our parent-approved kids mattress – and if you're wondering about the effect of TV on your child's sleep, we're here to help.
The Relationship Between TV and Sleep
Many parents know that the blue light from television and other screened devices can upset circadian rhythm if it's viewed too late into the night. But according to new research from the University of Washington, the effects of TV on sleep may go even further than that.
The study, which looked at more than 2,000 children between the ages of 4 months and 3 years, found that of children who watched television, 27% had irregular bedtime schedules and 34% had irregular nap schedules. But in addition to this, the researchers found that the total number of hours of television watched per day correlated to a greater likelihood of disturbed sleep schedule. While no causal relationship was definitively established, this suggests that watching TV may affect a child's sleep schedule no matter when they view it.
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Television will likely play a role in most children’s lives, and screened devices seem to be almost inescapable these days. But TV and screens should be used with caution, as a growing body of research points to some troubling effects they can have on sleep. Maintaining moderate limits on how much television your child watches per day is important in fostering healthy sleep hygiene – and so if your child's mattress. At 5 Little Monkeys, we've worked to create a revolutionary kids bed that may be the best children's mattress on the market. In fact, we're so confident that you'll like it that we'll let you try it risk-free for the first 100 nights. Want to see the difference that quality sleep can make? Try our children's mattress today!