Early to bed in preschool reduces the risk of adolescent obesity.
A new study suggests that putting preschoolers to bed early may help prevent the risk for adolescent obesity. The risk for adolescent obesity was cut in half when children went to bed before 8:00 PM compared to those who stayed up past 9:00 PM. It is estimated that 25% of U.S. preschoolers go to bed after 9:00 PM, and only 25% retire before 8:00 PM.
PositiveTip: Parents, encourage your preschoolers to establish a routine of early bedtime!
Women with consistent sleep habits have lower body fat.
Researchers tracking 300 collegiate females' sleep patterns found that a consistent bedtime, and especially wake time, affected body fat. Women whose sleep and wake time varied more than 90 minutes during the week had higher body fat than those with less than 60 minutes of variation. Researchers believe that sleep pattern disruption affects physical activity patterns and hormones that regulate food consumption, leading to increased body fat.
PositiveTip: Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed and prevent unnecessary weight gain!
Irregular bedtimes are linked to more behavioral problems in kids.
Scientists studied the bedtimes of more than 10,000 children in the U.K. as reported by their mothers at age 3, 5, and 7. At age 7 the children's behavior was assessed by the mothers and teachers. The children with irregular bedtimes had more behavioral problems than those with regular bedtimes, and changing to regular bedtimes significantly improved behavior. "For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
PositiveTip: Regular bedtimes are an important influence on children's behaviors.