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July 09, 2013

Late nights 'sap children's brain power'

sleepy-kid.jpgTeachers who happen to be parents will probably already have figured this one out. But for those of us struggling to enforce the routine, it's always good to be backed up by scientific research.

BBC NEWS: Late nights and lax bedtime routines can blunt young children's minds, research suggests.

The findings on sleep patterns and brain power come from a UK study of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds.

Youngsters who had no regular bedtime or who went to bed later than 21:00 had lower scores for reading and maths.

Lack of sleep may disrupt natural body rhythms and impair how well the brain learns new information say the study authors.

They gathered data on the children at the ages of three, five and then seven to find out how well they were doing with their learning and whether this might be related to their sleeping habits.

Read the full article from BBC News.

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