TV time linked to less sleep for kids

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TV time linked to less sleep for kids

A young child watches television in an NYCHA apartment after receiving electricity just minutes before for the first time following Hurricane Sandy in the Brooklyn borough neighborhood of Coney Island in New YorkBy Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The more television children watch, the less total sleep they're getting, according to a small Spanish study. Researchers found that a nine-year-old who watched five hours of television a day, for example, slept an average one hour less a night than a nine-year-old who watched television for less than an hour and a half a day, lead author Marcella Marinelli, from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, told Reuters Health. The study team followed some 1,700 children for up to three years and found those who increased their TV time got even less sleep as they grew up. "This study really demonstrated that kids who watch a lot of television and continued to do so continued to have a trajectory of less sleep than they should have," said Christina Calamaro, from the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, who was not involved in the research.

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