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Is your child losing sleep because they are too busy updating their status, tweeting, or uploading a selfie to Instagram?

It is a daily struggle for many parents– managing their child’s time on social media. Based on a new study, you are not alone in your plight.

Scientists in Wales documented how using social media at night disrupts a teen’s sleeping pattern and it could be the biggest reason they are tired for school.

The new study,from the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research at Cardiff University, involved kids ages 11 to 15 and measured their phone and computer usage in the middle of the night.

The Orlando Sentinel reported the study findings showing that 20 percent of teens almost always wake up at night to use their phone or computers to check messages or answer a friend on social media.

Up to another 15 percent said they woke up at least once a week to check social media.

According to the study, 54 to 58 percent of those who got up to check social media said “they almost always go to school feeling tired.”

Are your kids waking up tired from too much social media at night instead of sleep? Let us know your thoughts in the poll below. You can also leave a comment or tell us about your personal experience on our Facebook page.

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