There is little consensus among parents about what a suitable bedtime is for children, from infancy through preschool and pre-K age. Many parents desire more time with their children after work, which is certainly understandable, but an earlier bedtime will make for a more well-rested child, which will in turn make the time you spend with your little one more enjoyable for the both of you. From our childcare staff and preschool teachers at Child’s World Academy in Monroe, here are a few benefits of having an early bedtime for your child!
- Fewer night wakings. When you put your children to bed early, when they are not overtired, they learn to master the skill of putting themselves to sleep. The earlier you put them to sleep, the better you are preparing them for a lifetime of rousing in the night and settling themselves back to sleep. This means fewer night wakings as children, which sets them up for better sleep in the future.
- No more early rising. Many parents think that their children will sleep later if they are overtired, but the opposite is actually true. When our bodies are overtired, they secrete hormones that make it more difficult for us to fall asleep and stay asleep, which will lead to early rising. This means less sleep for your children and for you!
- Reduce bedtime struggles. When children are overtired, they are far more likely to throw temper tantrums, become uncooperative, and maintain power struggles. At bedtime, it’s enormously important for children to have better control over their emotions and their behavior so that they can more easily settle and get to sleep without arguments. Putting your child to bed at an earlier hour means that you’ll be putting a far more cooperative kid to sleep!
- Get your child to sleep more quickly. An overtired child will have a harder time falling asleep, which is counter-intuitive to many people. However, as we mentioned previously, those hormones that cause frequent night wakings in overtired children also cause difficulties falling asleep.
- Set up healthy habits. When you consistently put your children to bed early, you are sending them the message that an early, consistent bedtime is a priority. As they grow older, their bedtime will shift later, of course, but they’ll grow into adulthood understanding the importance of getting a solid night’s rest.
If you have shifted your child to an earlier bedtime, what benefits have you seen as a result? Let us know in the comments section, or contact Child’s World Academy today to learn more about our daycare and preschool learning programs!