Stories about: bedtimes

How closely related are a good night’s sleep and good behavior?

A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics found that 7-year-old children with regular bedtimes are less likely to display behavioral problems during their waking hours than those children without fixed bedtimes.

Interesting, but not exactly earth-shattering, news.

“I don’t think that anyone with a 7-year–old child at home will be surprised to learn that well-rested children are typically better behaved,” says Dennis Rosen, MD, associate medical director of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital. “While it’s nice to have the scientific data, these findings will probably only reinforce what most parents already know.”

While the study may not hold any breakthrough revelations, it did reveal that behavioral issues in children without set bedtimes could be reduced or eliminated once bedtimes are introduced. In other words, even if your child doesn’t have a bedtime right now, it’s not too late to start enforcing one, and doing so could correct or lessen behavior problems your child may be having.

So, if behavior is becoming a concern in your house and your child doesn’t currently adhere to a regular bedtime, now might be a good time to start.

According to Rosen, consistency is key in setting up bedtimes and helping kids stick to them. To do so, he suggests the following:

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Are your kids getting enough sleep?

male college student sleeping during lectureIf your answer is no,there are two studies published this week to encourage more rest for your kids.

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 69 percent of teens are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night when they should be getting at least nine. The study also noted that more girls are sleep deprived than boys.

If you have young children who average eight hours of sleep or less a night, researchers have found this may lead to higher blood sugar – a precursor to diabetes. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, reports the risk is even higher if your child is obese.

You can read more about sleep and the effects it has on your child from Children’s sleep specialist, Dennis Rosen, MD. He blogs on whether sleeping late will keep your child slim and if later bedtimes increase the risk for depression and suicide in teens.

Are your children getting enough sleep?

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This week on Thrive: Jan. 4 – 8

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Children’s obesity expert gives tips on how to change your eating habits for the better. Mark Alexander, MD explores the question of whether or not high school athletes should be screened for heart disease. Children’s injury prevention expert gives tips on how to avoid a winter sports injury. Claire McCarthy, MD lists great resolutions for your family to live by. Do later bedtimes increase risk of teenage suicide and depression? A group of doctors is pushing for routine circumcision. Our Mediatrician discusses teenage boys and first-person shooter video games.

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