- Put kids' cell phones to bed -- say, in your closet. Remember sneaking a flashlight under the covers after lights-out? Some things don't change. Half of the parents in the study said they didn't know their kids were surfing and texting hours after bedtime. Clear TVs and computers out of bedrooms, too (including yours).
- Limit total screen time to 2 hours a day. The typical kid watches 3 hours of TV alone. That's time not spent playing outside or reading, activities that are more likely to induce sweet dreams.
- Keep it down. Kids can't sleep if your TV is blaring and your cell phone is beeping. Besides, all that screen time isn't good for your ZZZs either.
- Unplug. Sleep tight.
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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredHealthy sleep at night does for kids what it does for you: boosts alertness, productivity, creativity, and general well-being. Improves sex quality, too (that one's just for you). So make it happen.