JOPLIN, MO.--- We can all use an extra hour or two of sleep, but it's especially important for children to have a good night sleep as well. It is recommended that children and even teenagers get at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Pediatrician Christina Dalton says distractions like video games, television, and other late night activities makes it even harder for children to sleep.
"All that screen time really stimulate their brain even if it calms them down physically. It keeps the brain revved up and they have a hard time going to sleep at night," said Dr. Christina Dalton, Freeman Pediatrician.
Elliott Palmer, 5, says he gets little sleep because he's too busy playing his video games.
"I just watch TV and I play," said Elliott Palmer, 5 Years Old.
We can't just blame it on all the latest gadgets, Dr. Dalton says there's a long list of offenders.
"It can be caffeine, it can be stimulant medicine. If they are on a ADHD medicine sometimes it can be what they eat," said Dr. Dalton.
Sleep is important for brain development growth which can determine how well children do in school. Lack of sleep can also mimic ADHD symptoms, cause anxiety, and even create depression symptoms. There are strategies you can use to help your child get ready to sleep.
"Limit to no screen time within 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed time," said Dr. Dalton.
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