Guardians who set rules about bedtime can help their children to get more sleep, according to new Canadian research.
Analysts at Public Health Ontario, Canada, used data from 1,622 guardians with at least one child under the age of 18 years old and looked at how many children were meeting the Canadian sleep guidelines.
Based on parents' reports, and depending on the age of the child, the team found that 68.3-92.6% of children met the guidelines for sleep on weekdays and 49.3-86.0% for weekends.
Although the number of children meeting the guidelines increased between ages 5 and 9 years it declined between 10 and 17 years, with children aged 15 years old showing the greatest difference between weekday and weekend sleep. At this age, 38.3 percent fewer children met the guidelines on the weekends compared to the weekdays.
However, when it came to parental influence to sleep, around 94 per cent reported encouraging their child to go to bed at a specific time, and just over 84% reported enforcing these times, suggesting that parents are aware of the benefits of a good night's sleep and in favor of it.
But it appeared that despite all the good intentions of those encouraging bedtime rules, it was enforcing them that had the biggest effect, with children of parents who were strict with bedtime 59 percent more likely to meet sleep guidelines on a weekday.
However, neither encouraging nor enforcing bedtimes had an effect on sleep on the weekend.
Perhaps surprisingly, the team also found that neither encouragement nor enforcing rules on screen time in the bedroom were reported by parents as having an effect on children's sleep.
"This is especially astounding in light of the confirmation indicating screens in the room can contrarily influence kids' rest," remarked senior creator Dr. Heather Manson.
The group called attention to that there were a few confinements of the review, including utilizing self-announced information from the guardians, which can be inconsistent, and excluding any immediate measures of rest length or rest quality in their overview, which are imperative segments of "sound" rest.
In any case, Dr. Manson still inferred that guardians authorizing a sleep time on weekdays, as opposed to simply reassuring, is as yet an approach to help bolster kids to accomplish an adequate measure of rest.
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