Interesting post on Psychology today….
New research from the Journal of Biological Psychiatry supports this need for exposure to the outdoors. It suggests that living in States with greater sunshine (solar intensity or SI) may protect against the development of ADHD. There is a wide variation of reported attention deficit disorder from a low of 5.6% in Nevada to a high of 15.6% in North Carolina. Some of this can result from differences in diagnostic practices, but something else may be going on as well.
Why would this be the case? The authors believe that use of modern media, including IPads and mobile phones shortly before bedtime, results in delayed sleep onset, shorter sleep duration, and melatonin suppression. Natural light may counteract the affects of modern media in the evening.
But yet another factor may be lack of structure in children’s lives, along with poor sleeping habits. Pediatricians are worried because some parents are using melatonin to help their kids get to sleep at night. (A magic sleeping pill for children? Jennifer Breheny Wallace, The Wall Street Journal, Sunday, June 30, 2013). That’s all we need! Kids given meds at night by their parents and then turned over to electronic games during the day. Talk about going around in unhealthy circles!