LIMIT KIDS’ DAILY SCREEN TIME
TODDLERS and young children should have no more than one hour of sedentary screen time per day, according to new international advice.
World Health Organisation guidelines suggest a 60-minute limit for those aged two to five years old. It also recommends babies and toddlers avoid any sedentary screen time, including watching TV or sitting still playing games on devices, until the age of two.
“For the greatest health benefits, infants and young children should meet all the recommendations for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep in a 24-hour period,” the report states. “Replacing restrained or sedentary screen time with more moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, while preserving sufficient sleep, can provide additional health benefits.”
DISEASES ON THE INCREASE
AUTOIMMUNE diseases, in which the body attacks its own healthy tissue, are on the rise.
Some estimates say a fifth of us have malfunctioning immune systems, many undiagnosed.
One common condition, particularly among women, is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It is triggered when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland which produces crucial hormones. Symptoms can include tiredness, weight gain, bloating and depression.
A clinical trial of 34 women found going gluten free improved patients’ conditions.
The study was published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes.
TEA KEEPING YOU UP?
HALF of tea drinkers believe having a brew before bed disrupts sleep, research reveals.
And they could be right, according to Lisa Artis, adviser at The Sleep Council. “Caffeine blocks sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain,” she says.
New York University has reviewed 8,000 websites to identify the 20 most common assumptions about sleep. Among the top myths was that people need just five hours.
Lead author Rebecca Robbins said: “Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being.”
Babies should have no screen time