Why kids should be in bed earlier
HOW much should your child sleep? It’s an age old, heavily debated question in parenthood.
You may be a tad twitchy with talk of bedtime, but we promise we’ve got good news.
A recent study into the effects of childhood sleep on parents has revealed that children who go to bed earlier have healthier mothers.
We know... it seems pretty obvious, right? And you’re correct – more sleep for kids means more sleep for their parents, so they’d be healthier, yes? Correct.
But there’s actually scientific backing which means we now have a mission which fits in perfectly with our Friday night plans.
A win for children and their mums.
Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is a major study which has been following the development of 10,000 young people and their families from all parts of Australia.
It commenced in 2003 and covers a wide array of topics relating to education, child care, parenting and health (among others).
The same families were revisited every two years and data was collected from a variety of sources, such as their medical history from Medicare, NAPLAN scores and ABS statistics.
Results revealed information relating to many different areas such as health and education, but there was one that stood out for us, particularly as we head into the first weekend since the transition to daylight saving.
A summary of some of the more interesting discoveries states “data collected suggested that children who had earlier bedtimes were not only healthier themselves, but their mothers were also both mentally and physically healthier”.
Not only is an earlier bedtime for kids better for their own benefit, but putting them to bed earlier can lead to better mental health outcomes for mums too.
How much is enough sleep?
As babies grow into toddlers and then young children and onto teenagers, their sleep needs evolve.
So how much sleep is enough for your little ones?
We’ve put together a simple guide to give you a rough idea of how much sleep your child needs per night:
Toddlers: 11-14 hours Preschoolers: 10-13 hours School aged kids: 9-11 hours
Teenagers: 8-10 hours Quick, it’s not too late to banish them to their beds now. — www.kidspot.com
LULLABY: More sleep has health benefits for you and your children.