For a family to be happy, it needs all its members to be happy, starting with the father and / or mother. There is a way to find happiness in the family, even if there are days more stressful than others… This has to do with putting the children to bed early each day. Studies have shown that putting children to bed early is good for children’s health and development, but it is also good for the emotional health of parents.
Studies confirm it
Dr. Quach and his research colleagues at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of New England studied 3,600 children in Australia. The studies looked at the lifestyles and sleep patterns of the children (all were under the age of 9). And the results showed that the mothers and fathers of children who went to bed early had improved their mental and emotional health, much more than the fathers and mothers of children who went to bed after 8:30 p.m.
This is very valuable information for parents, as they should also know that children need a certain amount of sleep to develop properly. But even more important is the time when children go to bed, which should always be the same within a routine and thus, they will rest better than if they do it each day at a different time.
Sleep quality and obesity
Tim Olds, a researcher at the University of South Australia, studied the effects of sleep patterns and weight in 2,200 children. These children were between the ages of 9 and 16. The study suggested that children and adolescents who went to bed early had lower BMIs than children who went to bed later. Therefore, bedtime may be influencing children’s BMI.
Also, Tim Olds stated that children who sleep later are more likely to gain weight and even be obese in the future. They will have a poorer diet, spend more time in front of the screen, and do less physical activity than children who go to bed earlier from a young age.
Although not necessarily all children who go to bed later will be obese, there may be a correlation. Although this is a good reason for children to have a stable schedule for going to bed each day. And if this is not enough for you, then think about their development and your happiness, which are closely linked with the time when children go to bed.
More time for parents, better quality of family life
Families are always very busy and parents sometimes have to work late either outside or inside the home. This can reduce time with your partner and for yourself (so necessary for family happiness). Sometimes parents prefer to spend time with their children at the last minute and this causes children to go to bed later. This is not the solution. Parents should not alter their children’s routines at night, in any case, try to spend more time during the day or morning. It is worth it for you and for them.
In addition, at night you will enjoy some advantages:
- More time to spend as a couple
- More time to finish pending tasks with peace of mind
- Rest (your children will also rest more and better)
- Enjoy daily routines
- Enjoy the silence and tranquility
Start working on your sleep routines today. It doesn’t matter how old your children are (whether they are young children or teenagers). You all need it.