Kids Who Watch More TV May Get Too Little Sleep - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Kids Who Watch More TV May Get Too Little Sleep

Posted: Updated:

Kids who watch as little as ninety minutes of television a day may get less sleep than those who don't watch much TV at all.

Spanish researchers questioned parents of more than seventeen hundred preschool and school-aged children about the time they spent watching TV and sleeping.

They found children who watched TV for one and a half hours or more a day slept less than kids with less TV time, and the moreTV watching increased, the more essential sleep time decreased.

Experts say the remedy is to not use TV as a baby-sitter, but to limit the amount of TV kids watch and monitor the programs they see.

Information on the content of the television programs was lacking in the Spanish study, so it's not possible to say which specific types of TV shows influence sleep.

In addition, there was no data available on TV watching or children's physical activity levels,which may affect sleep quality as well. Findings appear online in the journal "JAMA Pediatrics."

  • Health NewsMore>>

  • National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Stay Healthy, Stay Cool

    National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Stay Healthy, Stay Cool

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:50:27 GMT
    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. To spread the word for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, various federal agencies are calling on the public to help prevent future tragedies by sharing important safety tips via ?Twitter? and Facebook.
    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. To spread the word for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, various federal agencies are calling on the public to help prevent future tragedies by sharing important safety tips via ?Twitter? and Facebook.
  • Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia: Breast Cancer & HIV Diagnosis

    Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia: Breast Cancer & HIV Diagnosis

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:52:53 GMT
    Many women diagnosed with breast cancer in recent years have chosen to have their other, "healthy" breast removed. Now, new research is suggesting there's very little benefit to having this procedure done.Also, lots of news surrounding this next topic…we're talking about HIV focusing on a drop in people being diagnosed by a third.
    Many women diagnosed with breast cancer in recent years have chosen to have their other, "healthy" breast removed. Now, new research is suggesting there's very little benefit to having this procedure done.Also, lots of news surrounding this next topic…we're talking about HIV focusing on a drop in people being diagnosed by a third.
  • Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia: Interrupted Sleep & Hot Flashes

    Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia: Interrupted Sleep & Hot Flashes

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-14 15:33:59 GMT
    We know not getting enough sleep is harmful to your health, but a new study says having interrupted sleep is just as bad? Also, there's no great cure for hot flashes, however a new study says losing weight may help?
    We know not getting enough sleep is harmful to your health, but a new study says having interrupted sleep is just as bad? Also, there's no great cure for hot flashes, however a new study says losing weight may help?
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices