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Outdoor play linked to better quality sleep, says guide

57281140Parents 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.”

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