Published By : 27 Sep 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Old times say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. With modernization and technological advancement playgrounds changed to TV screens and games were confined only to computers. Now, after a decade or so, video games have started wearing out as kids are getting more inclined towards mobile phones and social media, most of all. According to a study published in The Lancet, a child and adolescent health journal, improved cognition is associated with physical activity and sufficient sleep along with reduced recreational time per day as in to less than two hours.
The study was conducted on more than 4000 children between the ages of 8 to 11 and it was found that only 51% of them got uninterrupted 11 hours of sleep during the night; 18% of them met the physical activity recommendation of 1 hour physical activity per day basis; and the rest 37% met recreational time limit of spending less than two hours on digital screens on a daily basis.
Rest, Sleep, and Relaxation Make Way for Screen Time
The researchers found that in all the participants who met the recommendations showed a positive effect on various aspects of global cognition, such as the processing speed, language, attention, and memory. Children who met all the three criteria were considered to have the best global cognition, this being followed by those who met the screen time recommendation and the last category being followed by those children meeting both screen time and sleep recommendation. The last category of children who met the screen time recommendation only had the least cognition among all.
It is known that there is an independent impact of screen time and sleep, along with physical activity, on a child’s health. Nevertheless, there is no particular combination of these behaviors. This new research is presumed to add to the supporting concerns and existing evidences about the positive and negative effects of cognitive development in children. Parents should take care that their children have a proper routine life in terms of rest, sleep, and relaxation along with physical exercises and spend some time on digital screens as well.