Parents of young children and teens have been urged to encourage their offspring to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air, in a bid to improve their sleep quality in their children’s beds.
In a new parenting guide by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), named Green Time for Sleep Time, the increased use of electronic media – such as televisions and computers – is said to contribute to the demise of decent shut-eye among our youths.
The guide claims that young people lose, on average, ten to 14 hours of sleep each week as a result of too much time spent indoors. It also claims that outdoor play can help regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle, while calming the mind.
NWF vice president of education and training and author of the NWF’s guide, Kevin Coyle, said: “While there is no single solution to childhood sleep deprivation, part of having a well-rested child involves trading some screen time for green time.
“More play time in natural settings can help kids get a high-quality night's sleep.”