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By Roberta Munoz
Is your kid bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to go back to school? Or does he roll out of bed cranky and collapsing?
It had to happen—the lazy days and late nights of summer have turned into early wake-up times and a rush to get ready. Sudden changes in sleep patterns are hard on young bodies—and young brains too.
A study by University College London found that regular bedtimes in early childhood meant better performance on tests by 7-year-olds. Erratic bedtimes were linked to lower scores in reading, math and spatial comprehension.
“Children need what they’ve learned the previous day to be translated into neural connections in the brain—to be hard-wired, in other words,” says Amanda Sacker, Ph.D., one of the study’s authors. How can you ditch the morning drama? Read on.
Make Bedtime Positive
Involve the Whole Family
Vacation doesn’t have to be a free-for-all as far as bedtime goes. An unstructured day can ease into a reliable end. Avoid wild fluctuations in sleep routines whenever possible to keep kids on an even keel when school finally starts.
Kids have mastered the art of the bedtime excuse. Guess what? Excuses are more fun to read about than to actually hear at 11:30 every night, so check out this fun article on 10 excuses kids give to avoid going to sleep.