BOSTON (CBS Connecticut) – According to a recent study, increased television viewing in children leads to shorter sleep duration.
Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health followed more than 1,800 children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years and found a small but consistent association.
Children and their mothers participated in the study. Researchers analyzed data provided by the mothers when the children were around 6 months old and then every year for seven years. The researchers gathered information on how much time the infants were in a room with a television on, how much time older children watched television a day, whether children ages 4 to 7 slept in a room where a television was present, and the average daily amount of sleep.
Researchers determined that each hour of television was associated with seven fewer minutes of sleep.
According to the study. minority children were more likely to sleep in a room where a television was present.
The researchers noted that their results supported previous studies, which can have negative effects on mental and physical health.
The report was published in the May issue of Pediatrics.