Dr. Nancy Maynard, a Pediatrician at the Great Falls Clinic in Great Falls, Montana uses an analogy of children watching television right before going to sleep. She states, "I think of it as going to the state fair. You are on the midway, with all the lights and the noise. Walking away from that, I don't know how many people are relaxed."
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 19% of parents of children younger than 1 year said their children have television in their bedrooms. Twenty-nine percent of children two to three years of age have a television in their bedroom, and thirty percent of parents have reported that watching television program enabled their children to fall asleep. Though some parents perceive a televised program to be a calming sleep aid, some programs actually increase bedtime resistance, delay the onset of sleep, cause anxiety about falling asleep, and shorten sleep duration. With children younger than three years, television viewing is related with irregular sleep schedules. Poor sleep habits can have negative effects on mood, behavior, and learning.
, among school-aged children adolescents, has been shown to be associated with poor habits disturbed. Cross-sectional studies found that /videotape was associated with late bedtimes disturbances among school-aged children adolescents.One longitudinal study demonstrated that high levels of during adolescence might lead to the development of problems in early adulthood.
The American Academy of Pediatrics found that among infants toddlers was associated with an increased risk of having an irregular schedule. This was independent of many other factors that could affect a child’s schedule, such as household demographic factors, maternal health, family interactions, as well as parental ability to maintain regular mealtimes.
These findings are potentially important, because a routinized schedule is a critical component of guaranteeing good sleep. Irregular sleep schedules can lead to inadequate sleep time and sleep problems. Studies among adults have shown that changes in schedules can affect the /wake cycle lead to inadequate . Irregular schedules can also be a sign of a problem.
Furthermore, inadequate among adults has been linked to impaired immune function, inability to concentrate, memory deficits, emotional instability. Inadequate problems among children can have effects on both the child the parent. Consequences for the child may include problems of mood, behavior, learning, poor health outcomes. It is also easy to imagine that a child’s problem could lead to inadequate for the parent, thus putting the parent at risk for, at a minimum, mood imbalances poor parenting. Adequate, high-quality , promoted by routine schedules, is important to the overall well-being of children parents.