It has always been known that children will emulate what they see on TV. But do you really know what the affects of Television can do to your childs sleep? Television has changed the way we live our lives. It has been a provider of entertainment and information from news programs, to television shows to documentaries.
A recent study has unveiled that violent television programs, video games and movies can affect your kids sleep. The study was done on more than 600 preschool children and it was found that violent media content and excessive television watching caused sleep disorders in the children. This study, where preschool children were exposed to cartoon slapstick pranks and gunfights was recently published in the Pediatrics Journal and showed that 21% of the children suffered from sleep disorders such as, waking up every so often, daytime tiredness, difficulty falling asleep and nightmares. Doctors said that for a preschooler animated violence can be as frightening as real life violence.
The lack of REM sleep can also affect your child’s creativity by not allowing the neocortical structures to reorganize the associative hierarchies that have been active throughout the day. If these are not allowed to rest they will not be able to give you 100 percent creative energy.
According to one theory, some memories are consolidated in your brain during REM sleep, think of a secretary organizing all the papers on her desk at the end of her day. Many studies have shown that REM sleep is very important in the consolidation of spatial memory and procedural memory. What this means is that it can affect your child’s recall activity and may show or will show later in your child’s school test scores.
The media is not what is was when I was growing up and has grown considerably and everyone has so many more options now with TV, cable, internet, cell phones etc. but All said and done if you can monitor and control what television shows, movies and video games your kids are watching you will help them in getting a comfortable and restful sleep, and those test scores will certainly go up this fall.