Digital Media and Sleep in Children

Authored by: Alicia Allan , Simon Smith

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
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Sleep is critical for children, and a preliminary evidence base suggests that increased digital media use is associated with a range of negative sleep outcomes. Device use in the pre-sleep period may influence sleep via several pathways: through exposure to light, pre-sleep arousal, and the displacement of sleep. However, there are limitations to existing evidence, including the use of observational research designs and simplistic measurement of digital media engagement. The chapter outlines current knowledge, identifies avenues for future research, and provides evidence-based practice points for the management of children’s digital media in the pre-sleep period.

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