Parents who are concerned that their preschool child's sleep is disrupted should think twice about what's on the box before bedtime.
New research has indicated that age-appropriate TV programmes could give children a better night's sleep than the more violent offerings intended for older kids, meaning children could have a more peaceful experience in their kids storage beds if their viewing is adjusted.
An example given in ABC News's report on the subject (August 6th) cited the character of Big Bird as a more sensible option for bedtime viewing when compared to others such as Batman.
The study, by researchers from the Seattle Children's Research Institute, involved 565 preschool-age children. Of the kids observed, those who watched educational programmes intended for their age group were more likely to sleep well compared to those who watched shows featuring fights and slapstick, which were intended for older children.
Michelle Garrison, the study's author, said that shows like Bugs Bunny can be "too much" for children under the age of six, ABC News reported. "We really don't want them exposed to any violence at all," she said.