In groundbreaking research just out, mothers who manage to get their kids to fall asleep before 8.30pm are happier than those who don’t.
In other words, those mums who spend a few hours every night kicking back with a glass of wine and a Thai takeaway, binge-watching Game Of Thrones with their significant other, curled up on the couch, are less frazzled than those who are standing in front of the bedroom door at 10.30pm, shrieking, “Will you just go the f*** to sleep! You’ve already drunk 17 litres of water, I’ve read you War And Peace, and I’ve searched under the bed, on my hands and knees, for monsters which DON’T EVEN EXIST. Now go the f*** to sleep!”
The study, by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of New England, looked at 3,600 children. It found that those who fell asleep before 8.30pm were healthier and their mothers had improved mental health.
But interestingly, the study found there was no link between children’s bedtime and their intelligence, behaviour or weight.
I do wonder about the findings of this study when it comes to kids' health. Is it possible that the parents who insist on their kids being in bed before 8.30pm are more likely to insist on other things, like their kids eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies and getting plenty of exercise? Are there other factors involved, not just the early bedtime?