Cardiff study warns against iPads at bedtime

A new study by Cardiff University suggests children may be better off with a traditional bedtime story, rather than playing with tablets before they go to sleep.

Child Using iPad

The research compared the findings of studies, involving more than 125,000 children, and found those who use electronic devices at bedtime are twice as likely to suffer sleep issues than youngsters who don't spend time in front of a screen.

Experts think it's because the devices delay children going to bed, by stimulating their brains, affecting their body's natural rhythms.

Dr Ben Carter from Cardiff University's School of Medicine said: "Sleep is an often undervalued but important part of children's development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems. 

"With the ever growing popularity of portable media devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the problem of poor sleep amongst children is set to get worse. 

It's claimed 7 in 10 children have at least one electronic device in their bedroom which could be used before bed. 

The researchers from Cardiff University say children who don't get enough sleep can be at a higher risk of physical problems, such as obesity and reduced growth, as well as other mental health issues.

"Our findings suggest that an integrated approach involving parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals is necessary to improve sleep habits near bedtime."

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Kevin Hughes

4pm - 7pm

Email the show

Text 'WALES' to 82122

Kevin Hughes

On TV: 17 Sleeps Til Santa!

6pm - 7pm

Watch heart TV

  • Wham! Last Christmas

    18:27

    iTunes

  • Mud Lonely This Christmas

    18:19

    iTunes

  • Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?

    18:16

    iTunes

  • Mel And Kim Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

    18:13

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Shopping Our Advertisers

Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Wales- South.

Follow Heart on Twitter