There is one thing that kids and parents hate equally.
(Aside from Caillou, seriously does anyone like that kid?)
Kids hate it because they are being forcibly parted with their electronic devices and because they can’t be a part of the world of excitement and fun they imagine grown-ups get up to when they are put to bed (it’s just Netflix and wine kiddo) while grown-ups hate it because it is so damn painful.
I hate bedtime. Image via IStock.
I’ll confess bedtime is my most feared part of the day so I was dismayed to hear just how important it is to keep it regular.
In fact, the only part about bedtime I don’t hate is the exercise I get going up and down the stairs over and over and over again.
One more glass of water, one more story, one child too cold, another too hot. One says the night light is too bright, the other fears the “monster” under her bed.
It’s an ongoing battle that some nights just seems too hard to win.
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But according to a new study by the University of Houston, it's one that perhaps I should fight harder for.
In a study of young children researchers found that kids who suffer inadequate or disrupted sleep are far more likely to suffer depression and anxiety as adults.
The research by a clinical psychologist saw a group of children between the ages of seven and 11 have their sleep temporarily restricted. The kids who probably thought they were in for a whole heap of fun (grown- ups dinners!) if fact found themselves suffering serious consequences when they began to then experience more negative emotions and “distorted positive emotional experiences.”
The study found that children found less enjoyment in positive things after just two nights of inadequate sleep. They were less reactive to positive things, and less likely to remember the details of a fun experience.
There are monsters in my bedroom Mummy. Image via IStock.
Clinical psychologist Candice Alfano told Sleep Review: “Continually experiencing inadequate sleep can eventually lead to depression, anxiety and other types of emotional problems."
"Parents, therefore, need to think about sleep as an essential component of overall health in the same way they do nutrition, dental hygiene and physical activity.”