Smart Woman: Bed Times and Behavior Problems

Published 10/14 2013 06:39PM

Updated 10/14 2013 07:07PM

A new study shows children who do not have regular bed times during the school week are more likely to have behavioral problems by age 7. Those behavioral problems include things like hyperactivity, emotional problems, conduct problems, and problems with their peers. Researchers say going to bed at varying times disrupts a child's developing brain and natural sleep cycles. The behavior of the children in the study got worse the longer they went without a regular bed time. But, children who switched to a more normal sleeping schedule saw clear improvements in their behavior. Health experts say one sleep tip for both children and adults is no computers, television, or mobile devices an hour before bed.

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