Nighttime Or Violent TV Tied To Tots' Sleep Time

If your preschooler can't sleep -- turn off the violence and nighttime TV.

That's the message in a new study that found sleep problems are more common in 3- to 5-year-olds who watch television after 7 p.m.

Watching shows with violence -- including kids' cartoons -- was also tied to sleeping trouble. Problems included difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and daytime sleepiness.

Viewing nonviolent shows during the day didn't seem to have any connection with sleep problems in the more than 600 youngsters studied.

The study builds on previous research linking media use with kids' sleep problems, and also bolsters arguments for limiting screen time for very young children.

The study was released online Monday in Pediatrics.

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  • by Freddy Krueger on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    I use to go to sleep with horror/slasher movies on the TV. I haven't been affected by it, much. Mu hoo ha ha ha ha !
  • by mom on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    This is not new news. This may be 'news' to some parents who use a tv as a babysitter because they have no idea how to play with them or read to them or think everything else they do is SO much more important. Watch them. They are grown in a hurry. Even the teen years will pass and you will long to have them back in your arms. Do something with them today to help them remember why their Higher Power gave them parents.

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