Do Irregular Bedtimes Make for Crazy Kids?
We're pretty sure you don't need a study to tell you this.
Confirming an inkling many that parents already have, researchers reporting in the journal Pediatrics found that children who have irregular bedtimes are more likely to be bratty. Hardly rocket science.
Still, British researchers went ahead and studied more than 10,000 kids when they were 3, 5 and 7 years old and compared reports of behavior issues to their bedtimes. According to the study, kids that go to bed at different times are disrupting their body's natural rhythms, and causing sleep deprivation that undermine brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviors.
Put simply, tired kids are difficult to cope with and have difficulty coping with themselves.
Irregular sleepers were more likely to have lower test scores that measured their problem solving ability. They also had higher rates of hyperactivity, emotional difficulties, and problems dealing with peers.
No worries if you can't get junior to go the f*ck to sleep with a set sleeping schedule. The study notes that parents who can get kids on a regular bedtime by the age of seven "had significant improvements in behavior scores."
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