Bedtime can be fraught with issues for parents and their children.
While most parents have run into problems getting their children to go to bed, establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it can impact the behavior of children, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics.
“Having regular bedtimes during early childhood is an important influence on children’s behavior,” the study’s authors from the University College London concluded. “There are clear opportunities for interventions aimed at supporting family routines that could have important impacts on health throughout life.”
The researchers analyzed bedtime data on more than 10,000 children at 3, 5, and 7 years of age and their behavior as indicated by the children’s mothers and teachers.
Some signs that your child may have a sleeping difficulty include:
- Falling asleep in class
- Mood changes
- Diminished socialization
- Behavioral problems such as non-compliance and poor impulse control
The Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program within the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment by our experienced and skilled sleep specialists who work with children aged three and above and their parents.