A December 2014 study confirms that texting, gaming or Internet chatting at night disrupts adolescent sleeping. More than half of kids have trouble falling asleep according to earlier studies because electronic habits are highly stimulating. These kids were more likely to suffer from insomnia and anxiety and depressive disorders. This latest finding from Brigham and Women’s Hospital indicate electronic devices decrease natural melatonin release. These subjects were less tired by bedtime and less alert the next day despite getting 8 hours of sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a host of major health problems. Your teenager certainly won’t be happy about it short term but you’ll be doing them a favor if you get electronics out of their bedroom. Parents, too!
This Montana boy cranked out a pretty impressive New Years Resolution in 2014. I shared this story with my 8 year old and he’s motivated to duplicate Jonathan Sarisky’s feat. He’s got visions of a new iPad dancing in his head. Whether it’s increasing hours of sleep, reducing hours of screen time or improving exercise or nutrition this might be a fun yet effective way to encourage our kids to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. If they can do it for a year it should be something they take with them into adult hood.
Happy New Year. Wishing your family much love, joy and peace in 2015.