A recent study shows even more evidence of how TV is affecting children’s sleep. This study by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute shows that that preschool age children (3-5 years) who watch scary TV shows, or TV shows that come on during the later evening hours are more likely to have sleep disorders. The researchers studied 612 families over a week span.
Some common problems of children who watched evening TV were trouble falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, nightmares, and tiredness during the day. Eighteen percent of the parents interviewed reported at least one sleep problem among their kids. In the end the researchers suggest that pediatricians recommend to parents to remove TV’s from children’s bedrooms and monitor what their child is watching in the evening time more closely.