Electronic media use and sleep in school-aged children and adolescents: A review

Neralie Cain, Michael Gradisar

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    Electronic media have often been considered to have a negative impact on the sleep of children and adolescents, but there are no comprehensive reviews of research in this area. The present study identified 36 papers that have investigated the relationship between sleep and electronic media in school-aged children and adolescents, including television viewing, use of computers, electronic gaming, and/or the internet, mobile telephones, and music. Many variables have been investigated across these studies, although delayed bedtime and shorter total sleep time have been found to be most consistently related to media use. A model of the mechanisms by which media use may affect sleep is presented and discussed as a vehicle for future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)735-742
    Number of pages8
    JournalSleep Medicine
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


    • Adolescent
    • Child
    • Computer
    • Media
    • Sleep
    • Technology
    • Television


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