Child Psychology and Behaviour

How Gadgets and Inadequate sleep cause irritability

Richa Aggarwal
7 to 11 years

Created by Richa Aggarwal
Updated on Oct 22, 2020

Reviewed by Expert panel

Irritability, Anxiety and Aggression and disturbed sleep patterns are all linked with Gadgets. Mobile addiction definitely leads to irritability and that significantly affects the sleep pattern, which is detrimental to your child's health and well being. When we are using a gadget, there is a hormone dopamine that is released that gives us short term enjoyment - the content and graphics are made in a way that attracts kids, making them glued to their phones.


Your child's phone can certainly ruin their sleep. Smart devices and screen time can cause insomnia, poor sleep quality. And sleep affects mood, making your child irritable, short-tempered, and prone to stress. 


The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones and tablets suppress the production of melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that controls your sleep / wake cycle. Reducing melatonin will make it harder to fall and stay asleep. Sleep disorders can further lead to behavioral issues like concentration problems, hyperactive behavior to name a few. It is therefore important that parents take necessary steps to ensure the child does not spend a lot of time on gadgets and instead do creative and healthier things. This will mean better sleep, better health and overall well-being.

Watch this as Psychologist Richa Aggarwal talks how gadgets and Inadequate sleep cause irritability.

Watch the entire video with Psychologist Richa Aggarwal to know all about how to handle irritation, aggression in children and deal with it in an effective way and also how to structure their day.


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