SLU doctor shines light on what keeps us up at night

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — You need to put the phone down at least an hour before bed, according to Dr. Brent Haberman, a pediatric sleep specialist for SLU Care. The bright lights from your smart phone delay the secretion of an important hormone: melatonin. 

Dr. Haberman said it's best to move the electornics out of the room.

"Reading under dim light is a great way to wind down," Haberman said. "For younger kids, bath time followed by story time if they can't read yet, followed by bed is a also a great wind-down routine."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one third of adults don't get enough sleep. For children, more than 60% of middle and high schoolers don't get enough sleep.

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