Gadgets stealing off kids sleep

Children aged between 10 and 18 are growing sleepless nights, spending an average of 6 to 7 hours a day using some kind of electronic device, especially among metropolitan which can lead to negative outcomes such as social isolation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, obesity and it also affects mental health of an individual.

In a countrywide survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation, in the months of September-November`11 on `Tech toy addictions: A Rising Trend In Metros` has revealed children of modern era are growing sleepless night owls, spend their sleeping time with other things, watching television, playing video games, browsing computer and texting cell phones.

Easy availability of technology with lack of parental supervision is a significant reason for this ever-increasing menace of technology addiction, highlights the survey.

Activities like watching TV and chatting online have greatly cut into teenagers` sleeping time.

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The teen sleep survey showed that 80% of school students are getting less than eight hours of sleep on school days. More than any other group (10-18 years old) of population they are the most vulnerable to such risks.

An aspect which emerged out of this survey is that children of working parents are found to be more technology addictive in the absence of parental supervision, as compared to those whose single parent is engaged in employment.

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