How do you help young children do better in school? There are lots of A-Plus answers, but one path to good grades may be as simple as saying “goodnight.”
Research shows children with consistent bedtimes perform better on reading, math and other tests. And those with irregular bedtimes do worse—especially girls. One theory is regular bedtimes help young brains develop properly, while helping the body establish healthy patterns.
I get it—families are busy and we can all lose track of time. But if you have young children, or even teens, consider scheduling their slumber at the same time when possible. Hitting the mattress may help them when its time to hit the books.
Here are some of my other blogs on children and sleep:
- Article explains why teens are night owls
- Snoring in children linked to later behavior problems
- Violent cartoons linked to sleep problems in preschoolers
- Lack of sleep linked to obesity in teens
- Video violence keeps preschool kids awake at night
- Kids who sleep less gain more weight
- Ten tips for getting a better night’s sleep
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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