Toronto, May 24: Parents who enforce children for bedtime rules may help them to get proper sleep, research shows.Lack of sleep in children cause poor attention, worse grades, school absences, poor social interaction, irritability and crankiness, depression and increased risk-taking behaviour.
“Sleep is increasingly being recognised as an important determinant of health, and an integral component of healthy living for children, integrated with other behaviours such as physical activity and sedentary time,” said Heather Manson, Chief (Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury prevention) at Public Health Ontario in Canada.
According to researchers, the children ages between 5 and 9 years are more sincere in meeting the sleeping guidelines as compare to children between 10 and 17 years.
“Parents enforcing a bedtime on the weekday could help support their child to achieve sufficient sleep,” Manson said.
For the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, the team used self-reported data from over 1,600 parents with at least one child under the age of 18 years.
Around 94 per cent of parents encourage their child to go to bed at a specific time and slight less, over 84 per cent enforce bedtime rules.