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Kids and Sleep: Part 1 - Should Your Kid Have a TV In Her Bedroom?

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Watching the tube for more than two hours a day can lead to sleep problems in kids, says a study associated with the Healthy Steps for Young Children program.

"Duh," say parents who've been down this road.

Forty-one percent of the kids had a TV in their bedroom, and this was particularly associated with sleep problems. (I'm guessing it was also associated with kids watching shows that parents might not be overly fond of.)

Watching TV close to bedtime has been linked to bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety concerning sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

And now we add school back into the mix…

There’s homework, sports and other extracurricular and social activities. And in addition to the lure of TV, many kids become interested in texting friends and surfing the Web. Some also start hitting the caffeine. All of it can lead to sleep problems, says the National Sleep Foundation.

To help kids get the sleep they need:

°     Teach them about healthy sleep habits.

°    Emphasize the need for a regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.

°     Make your child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet. Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.

°     Make sure your child avoids caffeine, and discuss the fact that it’s not just coffee that contains caffeine. Consuming chocolate, tea, energy drinks and some soft drinks can lead to overly caffeinated kids at bedtime.

The NSF suggests talking with your doctor if your child has any of the following sleep problems:

°    Problems breathing or noisy breathing.

°    Snoring, especially if it is loud.

°    Unusual nighttime awakenings.

°    Difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep, especially if you see daytime sleepiness and/or behavioral problems.

Tomorrow… Kids and Sleep Apnea