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Regular bedtime improves child development

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Children with a regular bedtime perform better in a range of developmental measures, US research has found.

Researchers found getting adequate sleep – at least 11 hours a night – was an important factor in four-year-olds’ development in the use of language, literacy and early maths ability, and a consistent bedtime resulted in the highest outcomes.

The study involved 8,000 children. The findings were published in a supplement of the journal Sleep and were presented last week at a US Associated Professional Sleep Societies conference in Texas.

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