Bedtime and Bad Behavior

By Health Day

No matter what the age...most people get cranky when they don't get enough sleep. But now, parents all over the planet will be happy to hear that a regular bedtime is good for your kids...and their behavior.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10-thousand children tracking their bedtime schedules at three, five and seven years of age. Parents and teachers also provided information about any behavioral difficulties.

The results Children without a regular bedtime were more prone to bad behavior and the issues only got worse the longer they had no set sleep schedule.

The good news? When kids were switched to a more regular bedtime, their behavior improved significantly.

Researchers aren't sure if it's disrupted circadian rhythms or sleep deprivation that causes the problems...but they say their findings prove that having a nightly routine is an important influence on children's behavior.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news that matters to you.

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