According to International Business Times, a study shows that getting a child to bed early may be more important than ensuring they have a long sleep.
The study, which involved 3,600 Australian children, is reported to be the largest of its kind and the first to decisively show how crucial it is to get young ones to sleep earlier. Quach and his colleagues from the institute and at the University of New England presented the study at the Australasian conference, Sleep DownUnder 2015 in Melbourne.
To analyse sleep and lifestyle data of the participants, the team obtained information from parents of children at ages four to five, six to seven and eight to nine who participated in the study. The researchers divided children into four groups: those who were early to bed and early to rise; early to bed and late to rise; late to bed and late to rise; and late to bed and early to rise.