Going to bed at the same time each night can help boost your child's academic performance. A study from the University College London found that a consistent bedtime is as important, if not more important that the amount of sleep a child gets. The study was published in July in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and examined bedtimes and cognitive scores for 11,178 children.
An inconsistent bedtime may affect cognitive development because it disrupts circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms in humans affect body temperature, alertness, appetite as well as sleep. Going to bed at the same time each night helps to promote good sleep by following the child's natural cycle of sleep.
In terms of the amount of sleep needed by children, experts recommend the following:
Mr. Hawthorne has over 17 years of experience in education, both in K-12 and college environments. He is a native Oklahoman and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received the Truman Scholarship. He completed his Master's degree at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and is working on his doctorate in education (curriculum, teaching, learning and leadership) at Northeastern University in Boston. Mr. Hawthorne is the Founding Head of School of Stonebridge Academy.