Learn the many benefits of an early bedtime for your kids
Research has found that an earlier bedtime has a number of immediate and longterm effects on children. Learn what they are, how you can help here!
There’s no denying the benefits of an early bedtime and a good night’s rest for your kids. However, as experts claim, those benefits aren’t limited to the next day. As it turns out, the benefits of an early bedtime and a full night of slumber are many more than you imagined.
For years, researchers have been able to find the link between children who sleep don’t get enough sleep and obesity. What these scientists have found is that a consistent late bedtime can result in a greater risk of obesity later in life as well.
Sarah Anderson, associate professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University’s College of Public Health and lead author of the study claims, “This study adds to a body of research that demonstrates that young children benefit from having a regular bedtime and bedtime routine.”
Let’s take a deeper look at how exactly sleep is linked with obesity:
In the aforementioned study (published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Pediatrics), a research team analyzed data on 977 different children who were part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development‘s Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.
Benefits of an early bedtime extend to your child’s brain
You’ve probably noticed that when your kids catch enough Zs, their brains are sharper, and function better. Reut Gruber, researcher at McGill University in Canada and director of the Attention, Behavior and Sleep Lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute elaborates on why that is:
“An early bedtime benefits a child’s physical health, as well as mood and mental health, because it allows time for restorative sleep, which is important for the repair and recovery of the brain and the body.”
As you can imagine, a lack of sleep can have adverse affects on your child’s brain and brain functionality.
“Sleep deprivation impairs the physiological processes that allow for adaptive emotional regulation. Emotional regulation processes are dependent on a ‘dialogue’ or interactions between the parts of the brain called prefrontal cortex and the amygdala,” Gruber said.
“These neural areas that govern emotional regulation are sensitive to sleep deprivation. When people are sleep-deprived, the connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and amygdala is impaired, and this leads to an individual’s difficulty to regulate emotions.”