CHILDREN are suffering a rise in sleeping problems caused by playing video games and texting before bedtime, a study has claimed today.

Published: Fri, December 27, 2013

Xbox and Playstation consoles along with Apple iPhones have sparked the sharp rise, according to doctors at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool.

Experts say traditional remedies like having a bath before bedtime or being read a story in bed can cure the sleeping problems.

But they also said that long working hours among parents mean that often does not happen.

Dr Richard Appleton, consultant paediatric neurologist at the hospital, said: “There are sleep problems where families put their children to bed at appropriate times but they are playing the Playstation or Xbox and are hyped-up, or they’ve had a fizzy drink so they are caffeinated.”

In the study children were given sleep diaries to look at what habits they got into before bedtime.