Kids smartphones

Baby sitting on a couch at home playing and touching a mobile phone.

Children don’t even have to actively use smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices for those devices to prompt sleep troubles, a new study found.

Researchers for the study reviewed data from 20 prior studies to create the report. The studies focused on the association between kids using devices before bedtime and their sleep quality.

This study, and others, have found that children who use smartphones, tablets or other devices at bedtime more frequently don’t get enough sleep, have poor sleep quality and are excessively tired during the day.

Data from this most recent research included more than 125,000 children, with the average age being 14 years old. The study was led by Ben Carter of King’s College London and published recently in the journal “JAMA Pediatrics.”

Carter’s team found just having smartphones, tablets, or other devices in a child’s bedroom was enough to show an effect. But the study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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