Does Screen Time Affect Children’s Sleep?

A few days ago, the BBC published an article called “Children’s screen time has little effect on sleep, says study”. If you have read any of my other articles, you’ll know that this statement contrasts with a lot of the research done to date. I thought I’d take a look at the study and break […]

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Smartphones, Depression, and Anxiety

There is increasing concern on the effects of smartphone use on mental health. Several researchers have highlighted associated problems, including the effects upon sleep (see previous article), depression, and anxiety. In fact, there are several papers that consider certain smartphone use to be an addictive behavior. At the same time, if you do a literature […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 3: Sleep And Smartphones

Last time I reviewed how tv and video games can affect sleep. Smartphones need their own article. Smartphones are potentially more of a problem because unlike other devices they can alert a sleeping person to incoming calls/texts/messages. In fact, at least 30% of teens report being woken up during the night by their phone. In […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 2: Sleep, TV, And Video Games

I probably don’t have to state this, but sleep is super important! Both the amount and quality of sleep are associated with cognitive functioning, memory, attention, and academic performance. Sleep is also related to physical health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and mental health including depression and substance use. For teens, who need sleep badly, […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health: Part 1

The most common complaint I hear from parents is around screen use in their children and teens. The issue is that their child spends far too much time on screens, impacting mood, anxiety, social life, academic life, sleep, and time with the family. The question I am usually asked is, “What do I do about […]

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