Parents, do your preschoolers still get up in the middle of the night and climb into bed with you? If so, you’re not alone. But new research shows the importance of correcting sleep issues before your child turns 5.
According to an Australian study, children who soothe themselves back to sleep from an early age adjust to school more easily than those who don’t.
About 70 percent of children can regulate their own sleep by age 5, but for the remaining third, it may be detrimental to them developmentally over time, the study’s author says.
Researchers found that children who had sleep problems in early childhood were associated with higher hyperactivity at school, poorer classroom self-regulation and emotional outbursts.
Parents are recommended to break bad habits like lying down with children over and over or letting them into their bed.
This is important so that children learn to fall asleep and stay asleep on their own.