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Bedtime Routines and Children Behavior

Chances are, if you have kids, you have had trouble getting them to bed. However, doctors are finding that having a set bed time can make a difference, especially when little ones get older.

Scientists are finding that putting your little one to bed at a set time can help their attitude both at home and at school.

“Sleep is important for everyone, but especially little oens because it is so important for growth in addition to learning, concentrating in school and actually, for good behavior during the day,” explained Dr. Jennifer Shu of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A recent study in the Journal of “Pediatrics” found that children who went to bed at irregular times were more likely to have behavioral problems by the time they reached elementary school.

Researchers looked at data from more than 10,000 children and their sleeping behaviors at ages three, five and seven. They also looked at comments made by their mothers and teachers on the child’s behavior. They found that as they aged, children who went to bed at a certain hour had fewer problems in school than those who had no set bedtime.

Additionally, when parents switched their children to a more strict nighttime routine, the child’s behavior improved.


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