DOC­TOR’S NOTE

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

LIM­IT­ING chil­dren’s time watch­ing screens, in­clud­ing phones and tele­vi­sion, to less than two hours a day may im­prove their men­tal de­vel­op­ment, a study in the Lancet has shown.

Re­search into 4,520 US chil­dren aged 8-11 showed bet­ter cog­ni­tion the more closely they fol­lowed guide­lines rec­om­mend­ing un­der two hours of screen time a day, at least 60 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, and 9-11 hours of sleep a night.

Meet­ing the screen time rec­om­men­da­tion – or both that and sleep rec­om­men­da­tion – had the strong­est link with men­tal de­vel­op­ment.

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