Excess TV time is linked to less sleep in children. It is also linked to many physical and mental health issues and is a known risk factor for childhood obesity.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a quarter of all Australian children are overweight or obese. It’s so important that we do what we can to help stop this trend. There are so many known benefits having a healthier lifestyles with better nutrition, more physical activity and enough sleep for all of us.
Encouraging active outdoor play for children is fantastic for better sleep (it works for me!). Not only does it get them outdoors and active, it means less television. Studies have shown that more than 1-2 hours of screen time per day is detrimental, not only because it takes away from active play time but because it makes it harder for children to get enough quality sleep.
Watching too much television can over stimulate children’s minds, especially just before bed. The white light emitted from TV’s and iphones or ipads keeps children awake even after they have turned them off because it tricks the body into thinking it is day time, so it takes children much longer to then wind down and adjust once they are in bed.
Experts agree that most kids need 10 or 11 hours of sleep each night. This generation of children gets on average 1 hour less sleep per night than the previous generations. If children aren’t getting enough sleep their concentration and energy levels can suffer – which is super important for school ages kids. They won’t be able to play or learn as effectively.
The old adage of having children play to “wear them out” is even more relevant in this modern world full of artificial light and stimulation.
Encourage your children to play and use their energy in a healthy way and then wind down without television for a good night’s sleep. I don’t know about you, but after a play session running around outside for me, I’m exhausted and it feels so good!
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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