Did you know screen time is contributing to sleep deprivation in kids? Maida Lynn Chen, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, discusses the links between mental health, sleep, and screen time.
How much sleep is needed: See below for the recommended amount of sleep needed, by age group.
|Age group||Age range||Recommended hours of sleep|
|Infant||4-12 months||12-16 hours (including naps)|
|Toddler||1-2 years||11-14 hours (including naps)|
|Preschool||3-5 years||10-13 hours (including naps)|
|School-age||6-12 years||9-12 hours|
|Teen||13-18 years||8-10 hours|
|Adult||18 years and older||7 hours or more|
source: Sleep Foundation
There is a correlation between mental health and sleep as research shows that poor sleep leads to poor mental health and vice versa. The statistical link between sleep, mental heath, and screen time is contributing to the largest mental health crisis of our time. In May 2023, the surgeon general issued a warning about the dangers of social media and encouraged our caregivers, teachers and policymakers to work together to create a safer online environment.