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Presleep Activities and Time of Sleep Onset

Posted Feb 13 2013 9:03pm

Pediatrics published research on a survey completed by 2017 children ages 5-18 regarding activities reported during the 90 minutes before sleep time.  The results indicated that television watching was the most commonly reported activity before sleep time.  The participants who had a greater engagement in screen time  had a later sleep onset.  Participants who reported significantly greater time spent in nonscreen sedentary activities and self care had an earlier sleep onset.

Reference:   Louise S. Foley, Ralph Maddison, Yannan Jiang, Samantha Marsh, Timothy Olds, and Kate Ridley Presleep Activities and Time of Sleep Onset in Children. Pediatrics 2013; 131:2 276-282; published ahead of print January 14, 2013, doi:10.1542/peds.2012-1651
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