Quite frequently I’m asked what is the most important piece of advice that I have for parents. After thinking about it for some time, my answer would be that they should keep regular bedtime schedule with their kids. Answer like that is a bit surprising to people, but it makes sense once you start taking into account research which suggests that kids who have irregular sleep patterns have problems with behavior and are prone to picking up bad habits in other aspects of life.
Regular bedtime is important for kids
It’s not just research that I’m counting on when I’m making my claim. My own personal experience has showed that kids who do not have regular bedtime are angry, cranky and more prone to acting out. It’s like grown ups basically, same concept applies. Only difference is we adults can make up for our crankiness with coffee, energy drinks or whatever other boosters you might be using.
Kids on the other hand don’t have those at their disposal because, well because they are kids. They aren’t allowed any kind of performance boosters and then need to act out, be cranky, etc. Research that I was talking about in the introduction also points out that irregular sleep patterns, or should I say, not getting enough sleep, can cause developmental problems in kids. Here’s a link to the study published in the Frontier Sin journal. Some interesting info can be found there. A more condensed version can be read on the NHS website. So that’s the piece of advice that I would give to parents. It’s nothing revolutionary, just maybe something that todays parents have forgotten. Does your kid go to sleep at their set bedtime every day? When do you make exceptions?