Study: Toddlers using touchscreens are getting less sleep

LONDON, England (NBC News) — Babies and toddlers who spend more time using touchscreens may be getting less sleep.

That’s according to a new study of over 700 families living in the United Kingdom.

Seventy-five percent of parents said their little ones used an iPad or smartphone for an average of nine to 45 minutes a day.

Researchers found every hour of daily touchscreen use equaled about 15 minutes less sleep.

They say electronic media may be replacing sleep time, or the stimulating content of online games and videos may make harder for kids to fall asleep. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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