As a parent, you know how important a good night’s rest is for everyone in your home. But did you know that 89 percent of adults and 75 percent of children in the United States keep at least one electronic device in the bedroom? That statistic may not be shocking to you — we’re using more and more devices with screens in daily life. But what may surprise you is the effect that looking at screens before bedtime has on you and your children.
Ideally, adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. But your kids need more hours of sleep. Children younger than 6 years old need more than 10 hours of sleep per night, and teenagers should be getting eight to 10 hours of sleep daily. Looking at devices with screens is one habit that may be making the duration or quality of sleep in your household lacking. Artificial light from screens disrupts natural sleep cycles, and viewing devices with screens before bedtime wakes you up and makes you more alert.
To reduce sleep problems, don’t allow your children to use televisions, tablets, computers, and phones for at least 30 minutes before bedtime. In addition to minimizing screen time, be sure your home’s HVAC system is allowing proper air flow. Replace your HVAC system filters often — once every one to three months. Schedule regular maintenance to keep your HVAC system running at its best. Find more ways to improve your family’s sleep quality with the tips in the infographic below.