It's almost time for kids to head back to school, and parents need to focus on their children's health toward the end of the summer, so they'll be ready to start the new school year. This means parents should try to minimize their children's exposure to unwanted organisms in the environment, and make sure that their kids get back on the sleep schedule they will have while they are in school.
According to a recent study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents who want their kids to have a healthy sleep schedule may not want to let their child see violent television shows. CNN reports researchers discovered that children who are exposed to violent or inappropriate content on TV have a more difficult time falling asleep at night than those who watched age-appropriate shows.
"The results of this study are no surprise to me," said clinical psychologist Wendy Walsh, quoted by the news source. "Young children are very concrete, literal thinkers. They just don’t get the concept of pretend monsters or pretend violence. Violent media can cause anxiety in small children that can clearly disrupt sleep."
These findings suggest that parents need to prioritize minimizing their child's exposure to violent media, especially during the coming months when kids need more sleep so they can focus at school.
Parents magazine has some other suggestions for how to help children fall asleep faster. For example, individuals should avoid feeding kids a large meal close to bedtime, and should establish a consistent bedtime routine that lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. If possible, children should be kept on the same sleep schedule during the weekends and holidays, so that they always get the same amount of rest each night.