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Updated: 08/27/2017 08:30:00AM

Are tablets turning babies into insomniacs? How touch screens are costing infants sleep

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A baby plays with an iPad. Recent studies show that touch screens can interfere with a baby or toddler’s sleep.

By Karen D’Souza

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Whoever coined the phrase “sleeping like a baby” certainly didn’t live in the high-tech age. Indeed, new studies show that babies are losing sleep and touch screens are to blame.

A Scientific Reports study revealed that there is a significant link between the use of touch screens with sleep problems in infants and toddlers. Traditional screen time, such as television and video games, also affects sleep, but it’s a less omnipresent force in our lives. On the other hand, touch screen devices (phones, tablets, cameras) are everywhere at all times and that means the correlation between use of media and loss of shuteye is more dire than ever. For babies in particular, the lack of sleep in those early months and years can impair brain development.

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