Irregular Bedtimes

How do you help young children do better in school? There are lots of A-Plus answers, but one path to good grades may be as simple as saying “goodnight.”


Research shows children with consistent bedtimes perform better on reading, math and other tests. And those with irregular bedtimes do worse—especially girls. One theory is regular bedtimes help young brains develop properly, while helping the body establish healthy patterns.


I get it—families are busy and we can all lose track of time. But if you have young children, or even teens, consider scheduling their slumber at the same time when possible. Hitting the mattress may help them when its time to hit the books.


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