Consistency may be the “special sauce” to parenthood. From temper tantrums to learning to eat broccoli, children depend on stable routines for success in many different parts of their lives. New research out this week finds that a regular bedtime during early childhood can have significant impact on a child’s behavior.
Behaviors and Sleep
• Sleep schedules are clearly shaped by many influences
• Lack of sleep influences behavior challenges • Poor sleep and behavior: chicken or the egg?
• Without bed routine, disrupt circadian rhythm
• Without bed routine, more sleep deprivation
Pediatrics Study on Bedtime
• Eleven thousand children tracked from 9 months of age up to age 7 years
• Charted children’s bedtime and behavior scores
• Children without regular bedtime had more behavior problems • Dose dependent response: the worse the routines, the worse the scores
• Results were reversible: If routines improved, behaviors improved too
What Parents Need To Know:
• Setting regular bedtime early in childhood is important
• No routine disrupts circadian rhythm and sleep deprivation
• Don’t have a television in the bedroom
• Most children under age 12 naturally get tired around 8 p.m.