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28 June 2011

How TV takes toll on kids sleeping habits

Sleep problems common to the toddler set are made worse both by violent media content and greater evening use of televisions, computers or video games, a new study suggests.

Sleep problems common to the toddler set are made worse both by violent media content and greater evening use of televisions, computers or video games, a new study suggests.

"We definitely thought there would be an effect from violent content and evening content, but we saw that any evening content was a problem - it didn't really matter for sleep if it was violent," said study author Michelle M. Garrison, a research scientist at Seattle Children's Research Institute. "Also, we had been assuming a lot of them were watching programmes really intended for adults and teens, but the bulk of it was children's programmes aimed at ages seven to 12."

 
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