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New study suggests children's sleep times are negatively affected by touchscreen usage

Posted at 7:03 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 07:03:02-04

Children who use touchscreen devices may not be getting as much sleep as they need.

A new study, published in Science Reports, showed that toddlers who used touchscreen devices, like tablets, have a tougher time falling asleep at night.

For every hour they use touchscreens, they slept about 15.5 minutes less, researchers say.

To come to this conclusion, the researchers interviewed more than 700 parents of children ages six months to three years old.

The researchers suggest parents and their young children should engage in other activities, such as singing, reading or playing games to ensure they're getting proper amounts of sleep.