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Moms Who Sleep Better, Parent Better

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Most experts recommend getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. But according to the CDC, more than one third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. Could that lack of rest impact the way you parent your kids?

Sleep—it’s good for your body, your mind, and new research shows it might also improve your parenting skills. Researchers looked at 234 mothers who were asked to wear special devices, called actigraphs, to bed each night for one week. The actigraphs detected their movements and sleep disruptions. Then adolescent children completed a survey about their mom’s parenting skills.

Results showed moms who didn’t get enough sleep were more likely to engage in permissive parenting. This type of parenting style is associated with adolescents who act out. To improve your sleep habits, follow a routine: Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Also, avoid caffeine and exposure to blue light from screens late in the day. Remember—a good night’s sleep may benefit you and your kids.

Findings also suggested that low-income mothers were most likely to experience poorer quality sleep. For these mothers in particular, there was a strong relationship between sleep quality and permissive parenting.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Julie Marks, Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, News Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

(Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jsr.12676)

Funding information for the original research: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Grant Number: R01‐HD046795

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