Keep reading to learn three things that may be the cause!
Smartphones and screen time have changed the American family. Instead of talking at the dinner table or over an afternoon snack, kids and parents play on their phones or watch videos online. Instead of reading books before bed, parents tuck their children in and listen to a podcast or YouTube story. While many of the advances that come with smartphones are good, the screens can also change kids’ behavior and affect their day-to-day lives.
For example, screen time has a significant impact on how your kids sleep. Screens give off blue light, which suppresses melatonin more than any other type of light source. Melatonin regulates sleepiness and wakefulness, meaning children can struggle to stay awake during school and to fall asleep at night. Screens also make you more alert and wake you up, so even if you are tired, playing on your phone or watching TV before bed can prevent you from falling asleep immediately — making you less functional the next day. Instead, putting aside mobile devices can help parents and kids sleep longer and get a higher-quality sleep than they otherwise would. To aid these sleep efforts, some parents even enforce a 30-minute no-screen ban before bed.
To learn more about sleep quality and how mobile devices, caffeine, and other devices prevent you from getting your full eight hours, check out this infographic by Airforce Heating and Air. You don’t have to make many changes to improve your sleeping schedule, but you do have to commit to the small ones you choose.
So Sassy Peeps, are you struggling to fall asleep at night? If so, what do you do when you can’t sleep? Inquiring minds would like to know!
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