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More sleep might improve parenting skills

Posted at 7:48 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 08:48:28-05

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 regularly.

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 movement 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.