Inconsistent Bed Times Interfere with a Child's Development

Saturday October 19, 2013

By Amy Morin

An article published in Time discusses the latest research that states irregular bedtimes can interfere with a child's development.

Researchers studied young children, ages 3, 5, and 7, and reported on how their sleep impacted them. They found that children with irregular sleep times suffered in a number of areas. Kids with irregular bedtimes scored lower on standardized tests, exhibited higher rates of hyperactivity, struggled more with problem-solving skills. They also had more emotional difficulties and more problems dealing with peers.

Many parents often don't see the need for young children, especially those who aren't yet enrolled in school, to have a regular bedtime. However, it's important for their bodies to have consistent bedtimes so they can obtain more quality sleep.

Kids with regular bedtimes establish sleep-wake patterns, which can ensure they receive more quality sleep. Their bodies develop consistent circadian rhythms and they are less likely to feel tired during the day.

Establish clear bedtime rules to help ensure your child experiences a consistent bedtime and bedtime routine. Set good habits early and help improve your child's behavior, peer interactions, and chances for academic success.

Learn how to establish bedtime rules and follow through with a healthy bedtime routine.


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