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New study says electronic media is keeping kids awake

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The National Wildlife Federation has released a report that children and teenagers’ overuse of electronic media has bad effects on their sleep patterns. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko explains how a wildlife organization came about this finding.

According to the report released Wednesday, the more children play outside, the better they will sleep and the healthier they will be. Not to mention safer than parents might think.

The study is a compilation of previous studies involving hundreds of children that compared children who spend lots of time inside on electronics to others who play outside. NWF Vice President of Education and Training Kevin Coyle says being outside sets body clocks and makes children and teens become calmer because they’re seeing nature.

“…Kids who spend more time outdoors actually just exercise more. They roam around, they’re more active. Even when they’re doing indoor exercises, it doesn’t really measure up to outdoor exercise,” he says.

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