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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Link Between Bedtime and Learning

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Regular bedtimes may help cognitive development

"Early to bed, early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

This is a quote from Benjamin Franklin, inventor, writer, and one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence.

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New research shows he just may have been on to something.

In fact, this quote may apply to young boys and girls even more than to adults.

A recent study shows that consistent bedtimes for young children may actually help their performance in school as they grow older.

Researchers from University College London have taken a look at data on bedtimes and cognitive tests for reading, math, and spatial abilities for 11,178 seven-year-old children and found that consistent bedtimes during early childhood were linked to markers of cognitive performance.

Their findings showed that irregular bedtimes at age three were independently associated with lower cognitive test scores in reading, math, and spatial skills.

Inconsistent bedtimes were linked to markers of cognitive performance independent of multiple markers of stressful family environments.

Read more in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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