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.

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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

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