“link between poorer mental performance and lax bedtimes”
Late nights ‘sap children’s brain power‘
I read this study and wanted to say, “Thank you Captain Obvious!” (My kids taught me that 🙂
Through the summer I find it somewhat amusing to observe what lack of sleep and lack of a regular routine does to my own children. One of my children is like a young puppy – getting randomly hyper and racing around and then needing to veg on the couch watching TV. Another one of my children shows a diminished speech filter and can become highly critical. I’ve seen episodes of dippiness (i.e. milk in the cupboard), a short temper, a lack of creativity, an inability to remember multiple instructions, trouble listening, hanging around / unmotivated, lack of focus, impulsive behaviour and uncontrolled giggles. All could look like symptoms of ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Hmmmmm.
Don’t get me wrong. Summer is so much fun for our family! I love the lack of routine and less strict bedtimes but they will have to remain summer activities for my kids.