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Regular Bedtimes Help Kids in School


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Give your child's brain a boost by setting a regular bedtime. Researchers studied the sleeping habits of 11,000 children at ages 3, 5, and 7 and tested the kids' reading, math, and spatial skills at age 7. Children were more likely to have irregular bedtimes at age 3. Those sleeping patterns were associated with worse test scores in both boys and girls when they were 7. The researchers hypothesize that sleep deprivation or disruption to the body's sleep cycle may hinder the development of young minds.
Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, published online July 12, 2013



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