Do you go to bed at the same time every night?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

If you’re like me, some nights you’re in bed nice and early, and other nights you’re up late doing homework. Well, that late-night homework session just might lead to bad test scores! See, UK researchers from the nationally recognized Millennium Cohort Study studied the sleeping habits of 11,000 children and compared their test scores in math and reading. What they found was quite interesting! Children who went to bed at different times every night tended to have worse scores on the tests.

Was it just that the kids who stayed up really late did badly, while the ones that snored into their pillow early did well? Nope! “It wasn’t going to bed late that was affecting child’s development, it was the irregular bedtimes that were linked to poorer developmental scores,” said Amanda Sacker, a professor from the University College London. This negative effect on test scores was particularly bad in 3-year-old and 7-year-old boys, while 7-year-old girls did the worst out of all the children in the study.

So, basically, while it is important to get to bed at a reasonable hour, it’s even more important to get to bed at the same hour every night. Whether you are a boy or a girl, 3 years old or 7, let this study encourage you to go to sleep at the same time every night! We don’t want to have low math and reading scores now do we?