Toddlers playing with touchscreens sleep less: study

The more toddlers play with touchscreen devices the less they sleep, according to a study released Thursday that suggests the findings could be cause for concern. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Sleep is critical for cognitive development, especially during the first few years of life, when the brain and sleep patterns evolve in tandem.
  • For the study, parents of 715 infants and toddlers were asked to report their child's daytime and night-time sleep, how quickly their children fell into slumber, and how often they woke during the night. The time children spent on touchscreen devices was also tracked.
  • Three-quarters of toddlers monitored used a touchscreen tablet or phone on a daily basis. For children aged two or three, that percentage climbed to 92. On average, the devices were used 25 minutes per day.

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