Monday, June 7, 2010

Preschool Tip - Have Consistent Bedtime

A new study has indicated that consistent bedtime routines for 4 year olds, result in higher scores in receptive and expressive language, phonological awareness, literacy and early math abilities. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that 4 year olds get at least 11 hours of sleep per night. This study had a sample size of approximately 8000 children!

Motor skill development was not assessed but that would be another interesting research study. I would hypothesize that a lack of sleep results in a lack of coordination, precision, grading of movements and decreased safety awareness in children.

Reference: Medical News Daily. Consistent Bedtimes, Intentional Parenting Practices, Linked To Better Language, Reading And Math Skills In Preschool Children. Retrieved from the web on 6/7/2010 from

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