Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/07/2013. Tags: Parenting Kids Health
Children who stick to regular bedtime routines may perform better in the classroom as a result.
This is the suggestion of new research
published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which found a young person's brain power can benefit from going to sleep at the same time every night.
It was shown that keeping to a bedtime routine can result in a child performing better in both reading and maths, while it also benefits their spatial awareness.
More than 1,000 young people were tested as part of the investigation - and it was demonstrated that three-year-olds who did not have a regular bedtime pattern did not perform as well as those who were put to bed at the same time each night.
This connection was also evident in seven-year-old girls, but not boys, while five-year-olds did not appear to be affected.
The authors noted: "Sleep has a crucial and complex role in the maintenance of health and optimal function."