According to researchers at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, preschoolers who are in bed sleeping by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening.
In fact, the study found that bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the likelihood of obesity later in life.
Easier said than done, right? Here a few tips that might help:
Establish a regular bedtime with few or no exceptions, including weekends and holidays.
Create a bedtime routine such as a bath or shower, putting on pajamas, story time, closing bedroom shades, and consider a sound machine.
Don't have a TV in the bedroom.
Make sure children get plenty of daytime activity
Keep your child calm at night - not too much excitement right before bed.
No electronic devices before bedtime.
No eating before bed, especially sugary foods.
- Charles Platkin, Ph.D., a.k.a. The Diet Detective