Betty on the News: Enforcing Kids’ Bedtimes Improves Health
Children who have a regular bedtime not only fall asleep faster, but they show improved sleep quality as well.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Children who have a regular bedtime fall asleep faster than kids who are allowed to stay up until they nod off, new research shows. In fact, not getting enough sleep affects children’s behavior, memory, attention, and emotional well-being.
“Sleep patterns and sleep routines matter because they have both long-term and short-term implications for health and cognitive development,” said Lauren Hale, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. “If it sets a pattern in the way you treat sleep or bedtimes, these patterns may last your whole life unknowingly.”
Enforcing a regular bedtime also provides additional benefits as well.
“Everyone is happier in the morning when there’s a bedtime,” said mom Genevieve Skory who has noticed a significant improvement in sleep quality since enforcing a strict bedtime for her two young children. (CNN)