The next time your mother's heart is writhing in pity and you're wondering whether or not to put your baby in bed, think about his future. And about mine too.
Research by scientists shows that going to bed early makes children he althier and strengthens the psyche of their mothers. In a completely serious, scientific sense of this expression. As part of the state project "Growing up in Australia", scientists at the Melbourne Murdoch Institute conducted a study of 10,700 children aged 4 and 7 years and their parents. A few years later, the study was continued when the children were 7 and 10 years old, respectively.
Children who went to bed early showed much better he alth than their peers who did not have this habit. In addition, the mothers of these he althy children were also less prone to stress and neurosis.
Children who were put to bed late, in addition to worse physical he alth, after several years of living in this mode, showed some deterioration in behavior. No, it didn't become horrendous or criminal, but they did show a marked veer towards disobedience and lack of discipline.
John Quach, the project's lead researcher, summed it up this way: "Early bedtime is beneficial not only for children themselves, but for parents too."
How early should kids go to bed?
Australian scientists have determined the optimal time to go to bed at 20:30. We are talking about preschool children. Anyway, in Australia this is the most common tradition for young children, and perhaps a deviation of half an hour would not have had a noticeable effect. The scientists had to follow the tradition and observe what they could observe, since they did not issue special instructions to the parents in this regard at the beginning of the experiment.
In the course of the study, it was found that the decisive role is played not by the duration of sleep, but by the early release. (Note that the general medical recommendations for children's sleep are 9-11 hours for elementary school children and 10-13 hours for preschoolers.)
Why does an early break have such an impact?
The reason is that in young children, melatonin, the sleep hormone, peaks at 8 pm. Falling asleep at this time or a little later allows children to sleep well and grow up he althy.
What's the connection to the mental he alth of parents?
Complex. Firstly, you get personal time for yourself, and this is a daily need for every person. Secondly, well-rested and friendly children then give you less trouble for the whole day than if they were capricious for reasons unknown to them.
And how to pack them?
Scientists recommend that you stop all noisy games an hour before bedtime, and turn off all electronic stimuli - TVs, computers, etc. Bright screens stimulate the brain and block the production of melatonin. But listening, whether it's live reading at night or an audio fairy tale or music, on the contrary, helps to fall asleep. When a person listens, his pulse slows down and blood pressure drops. Which, of course, only plays into the hands of the young rabbit breeder.