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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Link Between Bedtime and Learning

"Early to bed, early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

This is a quote from Benjamin Franklin, inventor, writer, and one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence. For a quick biography of Benjamin Franklin, visit USHistory.org. New research shows he just may have been on to something.

Consistent bedtimes for young children may actually help their performance in school as they grow older.

Researchers from University College London have taken a look at data on bedtimes and cognitive tests for reading, math, and spatial abilities for 11,178 seven-year-old children and found that consistent bedtimes during early childhood were linked to markers of cognitive performance.

Their findings showed that irregular bedtimes at age three were independently associated with lower cognitive test scores in reading, math, and spatial skills.

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