If your child is misbehaving you might want to take a look at their bedtime behavior. Doctors find that having a set bed time can make a difference, especially when little ones get older.
A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at data from more than 10,000 children including their sleeping behaviors at ages three, five and seven. Researchers found that children who went to bed at irregular times were more likely to have behavioral problems by the time they reached elementary school. “Sleep is important for everybody, but especially for little ones because it's so important for growth, learning, concentrating in school, and actually for good behavior during the day,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Shu.
Researchers also looked at comments made by mothers and teachers about each child's behavior. They found that, as they aged, children who went to bed at a certain hour, had fewer problems in school, than those who had no set bedtime. And when parents switched their children to a more strict nighttime routine, the child's behavior improved.
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