Most parents notice changes in behaviour in their children, but do not always connect those changes to lack of sleep. That is because adults react differently; fatigue produces an obvious lack of energy. Children, however, become hyperactive. This was confirmed in a recent British study that revealed that regular bedtimes positively influence the behaviour of children. Researchers discovered that children without scheduled bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural problems at school as well as at home.
Study results were released online this month (October 14) in the American Journal of Paediatrics. One of the strengths of this study was the large number of children in the study. Additionally, behaviour was rated at three different ages – three, five, and seven.