Going to bed at different times causes kids to misbehave

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

sleeping children
What? How am I still awake?

Did you ever think it was weird having to sleep at the same time every night? There are some evenings when you don’t even feel tired, so what’s the point? Well, according to researchers from the University College London, a regular bedtime is important for good behavior and strong school performance!

In order to prove this, the scientists studied around 10,000 kids when they were 3, 5, and 7 years old. Over the years, they kept track of their bedtimes and recorded any behavioral problems the children had. When they compared all the data together, it turned out that youngsters who went to bed at random times were more likely to have emotional issues, trouble getting along with their peers, and lower test scores!

“We know that early child development has profound influences on health and well-being across the life course,” said Yvonne Kelly, one of the study’s co-authors and a professor in the department of Epidemiology & Public Health at University College London. “It follows that disruptions to sleep, especially if they occur at key times in development, could have important lifelong impacts on health.” However, just because their effects were linked together, doesn’t mean it has to stay like that forever. Just to prove it to you, the children who began to hit the hay at regular times gradually improved their behavior!

So, if you’re someone who goes to bed at the same time every night on the dot, good job and keep up the great work. If not, now’s the best time to start. Be sure to stay away from those distracting smartphones, though, which will not only leave you groggy, but also slightly demented!

Featured image courtesy of Michael Newman on Flickr. Image of sleeping children courtesy of Vladimir Rodionov in Wikimedia.