The surprising secret to a well-rested child

If you’ve been trying to motivate your kids to get to bed on time … how’s that working out for you?


New research shows that children whose parents who enforce weekday bedtime rules - as opposed to wheedling, coaxing or nudging them toward the bedroom door - are much more likely to get the sleep they need.

In fact, according to a recent Canadian study of 1600 parents, mums and dads who encouraged their kids to go to bed were practically guaranteeing sleep debt. They were 71% LESS likely than other parents to have their child meeting national sleep guidelines.

Parents who reported that they enforced bedtime rules, by contrast, were 1.6 times MORE likely than other parents to have kids who were meeting their sleep requirements.

Today’s children are getting up to an hour less sleep than previous generations, and recent estimates show almost a third of school-aged kids and 26% of teens are sleep-deprived, according to the study.

sleepypug

Other fun (or not-so-fun) facts? Fifteen-year-olds were the highest-risk age group for sleep deprivation - and the older the parents, the more sleep children enjoyed.

Limiting screen-time at bedtime is another major hurdle parents face in regulating the quantity and quality of children’s sleep, the authors noted. “Encouraging” children to switch off mobile devices in the bedroom did little to guarantee better sleep - but in this case “enforcement” appeared to be problematic as well.

The reason? Researchers speculated that parents lacked the tools needed to carry out that enforcement - and recommended that further research efforts “should focus on how the effectiveness of these supports can be maximised, and what other elements of the home and bedroom environment should be modified.”

Cyber experts unanimously recommend that children’s bedrooms be kept screen-free zones, and that device activity of any kind end an hour before bedtime.


With Family Zone, enforcement of bedtime and screen-time rules is a no-brainer. Our parental controls empower mums and dads to easily manage screen-time, filter inappropriate content, limit gaming and social media AND enforce the bedtimes you set - for every member of your family. Learn more at familyzone.com - and start your free trial today!

 

Table source:  

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-017-4334-4


Topics: Parental Controls, Cyber Safety, parenting, sleep

    Try Family Zone for FREE

    Sign up now to try Family Zone for 1 month, totally free of charge.

    Free Trial
    Subscribe to our newsletter
    Follow us on social media
    Popular posts
    Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | musical.ly | Social Media | tiktok | child development | self-harm | sexualisation
    One mum's jaw-dropping journey through TikTok
    Parental Controls | Cyber Safety | Cyber Experts | parenting | roblox
    Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids
    Parental Controls | Screen time | youtube | smartphones | WhatsApp | suicide | self-harm | momo
    MOMO unmasked
    Parental Controls | Pornography | Cyber Safety | Social Media | parenting | digital parenting
    Pornstar to parents: shame on you!
    Parental Controls | Screen time | musical.ly | online predators | tiktok
    It's the world's most popular app. And you've probably never heard of it.
    Parental Controls | Screen time | teens on social media | wellbeing | dating app
    Swipe right for trouble: Six teen dating apps parents need to know about

    Recent posts

     
    Hoop: The newest Tinder-for-teens app blowing up on Snapchat

    Getting kids to share personal info with strangers is the whole point of new dating app Hoop. What could possibly go wrong?

     
    What is "sadfishing" and why are kids doing it?

    Sadfishing. The name may be new - but the phenomenon of fishing for sympathy online (and off) is anything but. 

     
    More parents are worrying about cyber safety - but what are they doing about it?

    A new report suggests many mums and dads are sending their kids mixed messages. 

     
    "If you can mention it, you can manage it"

    “If you can mention it, you can manage it.”