TV, Media, and Sleep Problems – Jeff

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A recent study looked at children’s television, video-game, and computer usage to determine if it had an impact on their sleep.

The media content was evaluated for violence, scariness, and pacing (fast or slow plot). Among the study’s findings were the following:

  • Children with a bedroom television consumed more media and were more likely to have a sleep problem. 
  • No sleep problems were observed with nonviolent daytime media use.
  • Sleep problems increased 40% with violent media content.
  • Sleep problems increased almost twice as much as violent content, 74%, with each additional hour of evening media use.

Parents, this study confirms what I have been teaching in my parent workshops for years.

  • Remove the television from your child/teen’s bedroom.
  • Remove the computer from your child/teen’s bedroom.
  • Cell phones should be given to parents every night an hour before bedtime.
  • Avoid all video game, cell phone, television, and computer usage in the hour before bedtime.


(“Media Use and Child Sleep: The Impact of Content, Timing, and Environment.” Garrison, et al. Pediatrics 2011; peds.2010-3304.http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/06/23/peds.2010-3304.abstract)

I thought you would enjoy this article from a great guy, Eric Tooley of Ultimate Escape.  He’s a great guy and I’m looking forward to him coming here in 2014 to talk about purity with our students and parents!  If you want, you can sign up for his email newsletter here: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1108996074194