Your Toddler Can't Sleep? Maybe It's the TV Shows They're Watching

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Aug 12, 2012

We all know too much TV is never a good thing for our kids, but now new studies are showing it may also matter what our kids are watching. USA Today reports about the study to be published in the journal Pediatrics that shows kids who watch age appropriate television content sleep a lot better than those who are watching inappropriate shows and movies.

Instead of changing the amount of time kids involved in the study spent watching TV, researchers simply changed the programs. Lead author Michelle Garrison explains, “We know that media is already playing a large role in the lives of many families. We felt that just by changing the content, we could have an impact on the health and development of these kids. That was borne out in results."

Preschoolers who had previous suffered sleep dysfunctions improved greatly over a 12-month period of watching the approved content like Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and Curious George. Shows like Spongebob and Scooby Doo are often watched by 3 and 4-year-olds when these programs are actually meant for kids a few years older. Garrison explains, “These are fun shows I would totally sit down and watch with an 8- or 9-year-old, but for a 3- or 4-year-old, it's too much and too overwhelming.”

What do you think of the study that suggests young children can have better sleep if they stick to TV content appropriate for their age group?

What shows does your preschooler prefer? Have you noticed any changes in sleeping habits that coincide with the type of TV programs they watch?


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jemappel by jemappel | Rye Brook, NY
Aug 14, 2012

This is so obvious to most of us parents, so I'm glad that the research helps support these facts. I hope this message gets to the parents who need to hear it. I feel like the parents who hear about this research are the ones who already know better.

MintCool by MintCool | Redondo Beach, CA
Aug 13, 2012

I didn't know that Spongebob wasn't for preschoolers. Why do they license their stuff in preschooler sizes?

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Aug 13, 2012

Agree. I even monitor what I watch and I'm an adult.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Aug 12, 2012

I think they are 100% correct.