What time should my kids go to bed, you ask? As early as possible, the experts say, but not for the reason you think.
I think we can all agree that getting kids to bed nice and early is ideal, and it’s even better when they stay asleep for the recommended 10-12 hours.
Yep, it doesn’t happen in my house either.
In an effort to help you get through the bedtime routine a bit quicker, we’ve found some actual research that shows children who don’t go to bed nice and early can struggle with obesity.
Tell your kids that tonight.
In all seriousness, a comprehensive study has shown that children who get less than the recommended 10-12 hours can struggle with their weight. Conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, the study involved nearly 2000 kids and the more severe the sleep problems, the more they struggled with their weight.
The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Study leader, Karen Bonuck, PhD, told CBS News that children who miss out on much needed sleep or who have disordered sleeping can be less healthy. "When you don't get enough sleep it interferes with the production of hormones that are associated with weight and appetite," she said.
"Sometimes kids stay up late and they'll actually be eating at the time. It has to do with inflammation and insulin resistance." Some children who suffer from disordered sleeping and breathing problems while sleeping need medical intervention. Others just need an earlier bedtime.