Report: Excessive Electronic Use a Cause of Sleep Deprivation in Kids

Report: Excessive Electronic Use a Cause of Sleep Deprivation in Kids

(WYOMING NEWS SERVICE) -- The average child and teen in Wyoming spends eight hours per day on the computer, on their cell phone or playing video games or watching television, says a report from the National Wildlife Federation.

The report says that kids are more sleep-deprived because they spend less time outdoors and more time in front of electronics.

Kevin Coyle with the NWF authored the report and he explains what effects sleep deprivation can have on children.

One solution to this problem could be parents making sure kids get outside and play.

Emily McKhann, co-founder of http://www.TheMotherhood.com – an online community for moms – says it's not always easy to get them out of the house, but it's important to try.

Coyle added that kids between the ages of 8 to 18 can lose, on average, between 10 and 14 hours of sleep per week because of electronic use.

Tips Coyle gave parents: make sure kids put electronics away one hour before bedtime, and sunlight promotes sleep so time out in the sun means it will be easier for them to fall asleep.

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