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2015 PEP Fellow Rebecca Spencer's research on the impact of television on preschoolers sleep featured in MarketWatch.

Preschoolers who watch television sleep significantly less than those who don't, according to new research featured in MarketWatch by Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, and a graduate student. Spencer also reported that 36 percent of 3 to 5-year-olds in her study had televisions in their bedrooms, and a third of those children fell asleep with the television on, often watching stimulating or violent adult programming. The study also found that daytime napping did not fully compensate for lost sleep at night. The research has also been highlighted in Science Daily, WBZ-TV 4, The Sector, All4Women, Harlem World, India TV, Sleep Review, US News & World Report, Western Mass News, Fox 8 Cleveland, and WAMC.