TV-Induced Sleep Deprivation – Hooray!! Poll included!


I just finished reading Little House on the Prairie to my class today. One of the things my students found interesting was that Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, and baby Carrie went to bed when the sun went down. As it turns out, they had the right idea.
A new study links potential health problems to late-night TV watching. Here’s an excerpt from the article I stumbled upon:
In the two hours around bedtime, TV viewing was the most common activity, accounting for almost 50 percent of the activities undertaken in the time before bed, according to the study to be presented Monday at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies annual meeting, in Seattle.
The finding means that TV — rather than hours past sunset or biological signs — has become the most important signal for sleep.
Surely the same does not apply to computer usage since I’m posting this at 10:45 pm…

Article link: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=101025

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