Are your kids misbehaving? It may because they're not getting enough sleep. That's according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
The study done by Canada's Douglas Research Center looked at Elementary school children who were healthy, with no sleep or behavior problem.
One group got an extra half hour of sleep, another group lost almost an hour of sleep.
What researchers found is that the children who got less sleep were irritable, quick to cry, and lose their tempers.
The kids who got more sleep were able to handle their emotions better and were more alert.
Doctors recommend elementary school children get 10-11 hours of sleep a night.Tips to get them to sleep:
- About a half hour before bed time, have your children start winding down. Put down the electronic devices, turn off the TV, and shut down the computer.
- Have a consistent bedtime and wake time and try to apply this to weekends as well
- Be good role models for your children. Go to be at a reasonable time and talk to them about the importance of sleep.