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Editor's e-Note
Delayed gratification is a goal often lost in popular culture thanks to fast-paced lifestyles. Waiting for the long-range positive effects of healthy activities has never been easy, but in a world of instant everything, it’s even more difficult.

A recent study of limiting children’s screen time has shown significant improvements in sleep, academic performance, behavior, and even BMI, but here’s the rub: The improvements aren’t seen until seven months later. The easier-said-than-done lesson here is just wait it out. If you can tolerate the complaining about missing favorite TV shows, video games, or the latest viral YouTube content, then children may just start sleeping better, getting better grades, and slimming down. As the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic hit song says, “The wait is the hardest part.”

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Limiting Screen Time Improves Sleep, Academics, Behavior

Parents may not always see it, but efforts to limit their children’s screen time can make a difference. A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found children get more sleep, do better in school, behave better, and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV.

Douglas Gentile, PhD, lead study author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, says the effects are not immediate, and that makes it difficult for parents to recognize them. As a result, parents may think it is not worth the effort to monitor and limit their children’s media use. But Gentile says they have more power than they realize.

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