Should kids have later bedtimes?

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July 24, 2017 | by: Will Young

Tired of fighting with your kids about bedtime? Well, according to science, you might not have to anymore. Research shows that forcing your little ones to hit the sheets isn’t worth the tantrums and struggles.

Kids need to sleep, and they generally sleep more than adults, especially when they’re really young. But there’s a lot of variability in what’s healthy. Some kids need a lot more sleep than others. The National Sleep Foundation says a toddler can need anywhere from nine to 16 hours a day! So maybe your kids really aren’t sleepy when you’re trying to force them to go to bed.

Also, a study from Switzerland found that kids’ “sleep resistance” – aka bedtime tantrums – disappeared when parents moved bedtimes later. So putting the kiddos to bed later means less frustration for everyone, researchers concluded. Might be worth a try if this is a constant fight in your home…

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