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Parents can support screen downtime before bedtime and through the night by parking phones at a charging pad away from bedrooms.
Parents can also help their teens achieve achieve the recommended eight hours or more of sleep by engaging in relaxing family activities with them in the evening.
Unfortunately, worldwide studies show that in 53 per cent of cases teenagers are getting less than eight hours of sleep per night on school days.
A recent report indicated that only five per cent of adolescents in the United States meet recommendations for sleep, physical activity and screen time.
Using electronic technology before bed and during the night increases the risk for shorter sleep time.
Research shows that physical activity and avoiding screens before bed are both strategies to promote earlier bedtimes and protect your teenagers’ sleep.
So what are optimal sleep times to support adolescent health?
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This is after taking into account other risk factors such as body fat, physical activity, television viewing and diet quality.
Finally, a recent report has highlighted links between teens’ sleep time, screen time and poorer mental health. They should encourage the use of beds only for sleep and for relaxing before sleeping.more Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep.