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posted on 2022-07-22, 10:39 authored by Alf NicholsonAlf Nicholson
During the current pandemic both adults and children have become highly dependent on screens for both work and education with the result that we now communicate via screens more than ever before. This has enabled ongoing work and a very different type of learning to be possible in the ‘new normal’.

However, can I sound a note of caution as there is increasing evidence in relation to evening screen use in primary schoolchildren and its potential adverse effects on sleep quality and quantity.

Sleep patterns physiologically change from birth to early adulthood with the duration of sleep decreasing from approximately 14 hours at 6 months of age to 8 hours at 16 years of age.



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Published Citation

Nicholson A. Bedtimes for primary schoolchildren. Ir Med J. 2020;113(9):172

Publication Date

October 2020


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