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Table Talk: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Sleep Schedule?


Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

Computers can help us do homework and keep in touch with our friends — and most people like to relax in front of the TV every once in a while. But it’s very important not to spend too much time in front of screens, in part because doing so could make us very tired. According to a new study, when kids use computers or watch TV, they tend to go to bed later and sleep less (with more time in front of screens making the problem worse). Having TVs or computers in kids’ bedrooms contributes to the problem, too, by making the quality of sleep worse.

In other words, the less time you spend in front of a screen — and the more sleep you get — the more energy you’ll have for all the fun things you have want to do on summer vacation. Going to bed around the same time every night, and getting enough sleep overall helps your brain to grow — so tonight, let’s talk about how we can keep healthy screen time habits all year long.

Questions for discussion:

* What are the screen-time rules in your house?

* How much time do you normally spend on the computer or watching TV every day?

* Are there non-screen-related things your family can do together that you would like?


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