Oct 15, 2013 11:58 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Irregular sleep schedules can impact a child's behavior

A new study of over 10,000 children finds there could be a relationship between irregular bedtimes and behavior problems.

Researchers at University College London found kids who didn't have a consistent bedtime from an early age through childhood were more likely to misbehave by the time they turned seven.

Behavior problems weren't diagnosed by doctors. They were caught by teaches and parents.

Researchers also found the problem can be reversed. When kids got back into regular sleep schedules, their mood and behavior improved.

"Part of making sleep changes or using a sleep solution is a little bit about setting a limit and being consistent with that limit, and that's not always easy to do," said Angelique Millette, a Pediatric Sleep Consultant.

In the study, parents and teachers completed a questionnaire that focused on behaviors like hyperactivity, conduct problems, and problems with friends.



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