Early Bedtime Benefits Children

Monday 7th June

Children who have a set bedtime routine outperform their sleep-deprived classroom counterparts, researchers claim. Researchers at SRI International, California, examined the sleeping habits of thousands of children and found that the hours children slept seemed to have a direct bearing on their skills.

Researchers found that children with consistent sleep patterns were more likely to have better language, reading and counting skills. Children with early bedtime routines seemed to be more intellectually advanced than children who did not have a set routine, whilst children who went to bed after 9pm took longer to fall asleep.

Researchers hope that the findings will encourage parents to establish a pattern of regular bedtime behaviours that promote healthy sleep levels in their children. Researchers also hope that family doctors will better emphasise the importance of childhood sleep patterns to parents.


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