Strict bedtimes lead to better behavior, scientists find
It's something that most moms and dads know at a gut-level.
Now scientists are confirming that setting a strict bedtime for little ones
improves their behavior by the time they enter school.
A study looking at the sleep of 10,000 children at 3, 5, and
7 found that those with irregular bed times were more likely to have behavioral
problems by the time they enter elementary school. They also read comments from
moms and teachers.
"Sleep is important for everybody, but especially for little ones
because it's so important for growth, in addition to learning, concentrating in
school, and actually for good behavior during the day," said Dr. Jennifer Shu
of the American Academy of Pediatrics.