This study supports existing pediatric recommendations that having regular and age-appropriate bedtimes
is important for children's health, said lead study author Soomi Lee.
Use a combination of a lot of morning light and activity, followed by a dark room, and a consistent bedtime
routine to get him to fall asleep close to that time.
Parents who put babies to sleep in a separate room were less likely to feed infants to help them fall asleep at bedtime
or when they awoke during the night, according to the study.
"For parents, this reinforces the importance of establishing a bedtime
routine," says epidemiologist Sarah Anderson, lead author of the study.
Research on the bedtime
routines of young children suggests that such experiences can provide literacy enhancing benefits.
They found a striking difference: Only 1 in 10 of the children with the earliest bedtimes
were obese teens, compared to 16 percent of children with mid-range bedtimes
and 23 percent of those who went to bed latest.
In yet another study published this year, early bedtime
for preschool-aged children seemed to help prevent obesity in adolescence.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,300 American teens and found that each extra hour of late bedtime
was associated with a more than two-point increase in body mass index (BMI).
And children who had irregular bedtimes
or went to bed after 9 p.m.
The data was collected via the UK Millennium Cohort Study, with bedtimes
noted at age three, five and seven, and information on behaviour collected from parents and teachers.
To analyse the role of regular bedtimes
at childhood, researchers recorded the children's bedtimes
and behaviour at different ages, including three, five and seven.
The Question: This study looked at a number of questions related to bedtime
schedules and childhood behavioral issues.
Objectives: To determine the demographic and lifestyle predictors of bedtime
among secondary school children in Karachi, Pakistan, and to assess what variables of daytime functioning correlate with bedtimes
These researchers found that adolescents who were depressed had shorter sleep durations and later bedtimes
than those who were not depressed.
Another handy tip is that it might be worth taking any distractions, ie favourite toys, out of your child's room at bedtimes
so that he gets a clear message that sleep is expected and that playtime is over.