Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds study

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019

Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds studyThe study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens […]

Here’s why using your phone before sleeping can ruin your health

Like a trusty guard dog, your smartphone probably rests right next to you (or even under your pillow) every night when you go to sleep. You’re able to answer calls, texts and emails at a moment’s notice – even during the wee hours of the night. And isn’t that the best part about technology? Always being connected and never truly shutting down or logging off?

Here’s why using your phone before sleeping can ruin your healthNot so fast. You probably don’t even realize how your smartphone habits are affecting your sleep and your brain’s health. What may seem like a harmless habit to you – jumping into bed and opening up your phone – can actually have a big impact on your overall health. Sleep disorders specialist, Harneet Walia, MD, […]

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boys

Playing video games may not necessarily impair children’s social skills, and a new study suggests that any behavioural effect that frequent gaming might have may occur only in pre-teen girls

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boysThe rising popularity of video games in recent years has raised questions among parents, doctors and educators about the potential for gaming to negatively impact children’s psychological and social development, researchers note in Child Development. But much of this research has focused on kids who spend too much time gaming or favour violent games. For […]

Screen time plus snacking increases of heart disease and diabetes in teens

Those who spent six or more hours a day in front of screens were 71 per cent more likely to have metabolic syndrome compared with those who spent less time in front of screens. However, the heightened risk was only seen in those who reported usually eating snacks in front of screens

Screen time plus snacking increases of heart disease and diabetes in teensIt’s no secret that shovelling snacks in our mouths while blobbing in front of a screen is unhealthy, but now science has armed us with hard evidence we can throw at our teens for what they are doing to their bodies. Teens who sit for hours watching TV, using the computer or playing video games […]

Limiting kids recreational screen time to a day linked to improved cognition

Limiting recreational screen time to less than two hours a day, and having sufficient sleep and physical activity is associated with improved cognition, compared with not meeting any recommendations, according to an observational study of more than 4,500 US children aged 8-11 years old published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal

Limiting kids recreational screen time to a day linked to improved cognitionChildren aged eight to 11 who used screens for fun for less than two hours a day performed better in tests of mental ability, a study found. Combining this with nine to 11 hours of sleep a night was found to be best for performance. Researchers said more work was now needed to better understand […]

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests study

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests studyEven after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks, reports San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor W. Keith Campbell. Twenge and Campbell’s results were published in an […]

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesity

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30 per cent more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by about 20 per cent

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesityChildren who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to […]

5 potential reasons for having bloodshot eyes

Eye redness occurs when the vessels in your eye become swollen or irritated. Redness of the eye, also called bloodshot eyes, can indicate the presence of several different health problems

5 potential reasons for having bloodshot eyesRed eyes (or red eye) is a condition where the white of the eye (the sclera) has become reddened or ‘bloodshot.’ The appearance of red eye can vary widely. It can look like there are several squiggly pink or red lines on the sclera or the entire sclera may appear diffusely pink or red. While […]

Giving your baby gadgets to play with can hamper their speech development

Twenty percent of the children spent an average of 28 minutes a day using screens, the study found. Every 30-minute increase in daily screen time was linked to a 49 per cent increased risk of what the researchers call expressive speech delay, which is using sounds and words

Giving your baby gadgets to play with can hamper their speech developmentParents who are raising children in today’s times have likely to have fretted about screen time and wondered what impact these devices could have on kids. Will the technology affect their brains? Does it limit social development? Would it harm them emotionally? Could it delay when they start talking? A study was released on Thursday […]