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Delayed bedtime due to screen time in schoolchildren: Importance of area deprivation

Ogunleye, Ayodele A and Voss, Christine and Sandercock, Gavin R (2015) 'Delayed bedtime due to screen time in schoolchildren: Importance of area deprivation.' Pediatrics International, 57 (1). pp. 137-142. ISSN 1328-8067

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Background Sleep duration is an important predictor of obesity and health. This study evaluated the association between late bedtime and screen time, and the role of geographical deprivation in English schoolchildren. Methods We collected bedtime and waking time, screen time, sociodemographic data and measured body mass index in a cross-section of 1332 11-15-year-old schoolchildren (45.7% female) participating in the East of England healthy heart study. Logistic regression was used to determine the likelihood of late bedtime in schoolchildren with different screen time and from a different geographic location. Mean differences were assessed either on ANOVA or t-test. Results Approximately 42% of boys went to bed late at night compared with 37% of girls. When compared to those with <2 h of daily screen time, schoolchildren with 2-4 h of screen time were more likely [odds ratio (OR) = 1.50, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.07-2.09] to go to bed late at night while those with >4 h of daily screen time were most likely to go to sleep late at night (OR, 1.97; 95%CI: 1.34-2.89). Late bedtime was associated with deprivation in schoolchildren. Conclusions High screen time and deprivation may explain lateness in bedtime in English schoolchildren. This explanation may vary according to area deprivation and geographic location. Family-centered interventions and parental support are important to reduce screen time, late bedtime and increase sleep duration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bedtime; children; deprivation; geographic location; screen time
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 13:15
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:33

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