Technology and a change in lifestyle has led to many children
not getting to bed until after 9.30 pm, according to a recent
Researchers, who carried out the study for Travelodge, have found
that the average six year old does not go to bed until after
9.30pm. This is primarily due the presence of technology in
bedrooms and a change in lifestyle, which has resulted in children
being more active before bed.
Not only is technology impacting what time children get to sleep,
but it has been found that many children use the sound of a TV
show, a computer game or a DVD to doze off. Almost 70 per cent of
children play on a games console every evening, with 62 per cent
watching YouTube every evening.
Researchers who carried out the study for Travelodge said:
"Pre-bedtime activity is turning British children into living
"As a result young Britons appear to be going through life
`stoned` because they sacrifice rest in favour of spending more
hours at their computer or games console."
The disturbing sleep patterns mean that many children are unable
to concentrate in lessons, and their behaviour is being impacted by
the lack of sleep. Indeed, the research found that over a quarter
of youngsters claim they cannot concentrate in school and even fall
asleep in class at least once a week.
Geographically, the research, which was based on the sleep
patterns of 2,000 children, found that children in Birmingham
suffer from the least amount of sleep, with an average of seven
hours and 28 minutes a night for a child aged 10. The recommended
amount of sleep for a child that age is ten to 11 hours per
The poll shows that the average six year old goes to sleep at
9.33pm, while at eight it is 9.49pm. By the time children reach 15
the average bed time is apparently 11.52pm.
Posted by Michael Ewing