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Toddlers who use touch screen sleep less - study

Thursday 13/April/2017 - 05:50 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by : Nehal Magdy
Toddlers who spend time playing on smart phones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not، say researchers, Reuters reported.

The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touch screen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep.

However، those playing with touch screens do develop their fine motor skills more quickly.

Experts said the study was "timely" but parents should not lose sleep over it.

There has been an explosion in touch screens in the home، but understanding their impact on early childhood development has been lacking.

The study by Birkbeck، University of London، questioned 715 parents of children under three years old.

It asked how often their child played with a smart phone or tablet and about the child's sleep patterns.

It showed that 75% of the toddlers used a touch screen on a daily basis، with 51% of those between 6 and 11 months using one، and 92% of those between 25 and 36 months doing so as well.

However، children who did play with touch screens slept less at night and more in the day.

Overall، they had around 15 minutes less sleep for every hour of touch screen use.

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