Many of us are sleep deprived these days including our children. One of the common culprits of too little sleep and often disrupted sleep is television.
A recent study found that sleep problems were more common in 3 to 5 year olds who watched more television after 7pm. According to the study, about 20 percent of the 112 children involved had sleep problems almost every day of the week. Their issues included difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, nightmares and being sleepy during the day. The children who watched violent television at night had the most sleep problems.
Around the time my twin sons turned one, we learned their cribs had been recalled because there were reports the drop side could break and injure or entrap an infant. Our emotions ranged from panic – oh no, they’ve been sleeping in dangerous cribs – to anger – they’ve been sleeping in dangerous cribs! After that, we began following the recall notices published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (they have a handy sign up so you can receive email notices when new recalls are announced). It seemed like in the few years following our own experience, many more drop sided cribs were recalled for being unsafe. So it was no surprise when the CPSC announced new crib safety standards.