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do violent video games hurt a child's ability to sleep?

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Dr. Laura Webb
12 years experience Pediatrics
Definitely could: Playing any sort of video games (or having screen time) before bed is likely to negatively impact sleep- these games make the brain "wake up" and its hard then to calm down to go to sleep. Violent games may cause the child to be have scary thoughts before bed and make it tough to fall asleep.
Answered on Jan 9, 2013
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Likely: Stmulating activity close to bedtime often interferes with sleep, for children and adults. It would be a generally good practice to have a curfew for video games with children. Even if not vioent some games can be very activating instead of relaxing.
Answered on Jan 12, 2013

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