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Study: Smartphones are invading sleep for parents and teens

The study also found that more kids with their parents would get off their devices.
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A new study found that parents and teens keep their smartphones close at night - and many teens even keep them in bed with them.

The study by Common Sense Media was released Wednesday. The key findings show that 62 percent of parents keep their device within reach of the bed at night, compared to 39 percent of children.

And 29 percent of kids say they actually keep their phones in bed with them.

One in three teens wakes up to check their phone at least once a night, and one in four parents does that as well. More than half of parents and children said they do this because they've received a notification.

The study also found that while doctors and researchers say not to use screens in the hour leading up to bedtime, 61 percent of adults and 70 percent of kids check their mobile device within 30 minutes of falling asleep.

Teens today are less likely to say they spend too much time on their devices, though, while parents are more likely to say they are on their phones too much. That's compared to 2016.

The research also suggests that more kids wish their parents would get off their devices. The number of kids who think their parents spend too much time on their devices went up from 28 percent in 2016 to 39 percent this year.