Children using smartphones before bed leads to later bedtimes, less sleep, and increased fatigue, a study from UC Berkeley recently confirmed. Kids who have "small screen" electronics in the same room they sleep in get an average of 21 minutes less sleep than children who don't have access to electronics before bed.
More than half (54 percent) of fourth and seventh graders reported sleeping near their smartphone, as parents are being urged to keep smartphones away from children close to bed time.
"Kids need to learn to deal with fear of missing out and they need to learn to give their brains a real rest," said Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," in a statement to Yahoo Parenting. "Sleep is so important, and having that phone next to the bed - when they get up to go to the bathroom, they check it, which can lead to 10 minutes or two hours online. Their psychological dependency on the phone is increased if they have it with them all the time."
Unfortunately, this type of behavioral training will be difficult, as adults increasingly view their smartphone or tablet before bed.