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How is a child negatively affected by the use of electronics, such as an iPad, in bed?

June 29, 2018

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The child’s brain experiences an explosion of growth during the ages of 4–13. Sufficient sleep, proper nutrition, and physical activity are critical during this developmental stage. There is an abundance of research emphasizing a child’s need of 8–10 hours of sleep. Children need sleep in order to think clearly.

We have become a society that relies on electronic devices in almost every aspect of our daily lives. And of course, children today are growing up in a world where electronics are the norm.

Research studies looking at the use of electronic media and sleep consistently find a negative connection between screen based media and sleep. The use of electronics replaces the time spent sleeping. Likewise, the content viewed on the electronic device can be overstimulating. Furthermore, the light coming for the device disrupts the circadian rhythm which induces sleep.

Here are a few tips to develop a healthy sleep routine:

  1. Set a timer 30 minutes before bed to turn off electronics.
  2. Personal hygiene (shower, brush teeth, etc.)
  3. Mindfulness activity (i.e. deep breathing)


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