It turns out, earlier bedtimes aren't just good for kids' health and well being, they're good for their moms, too! (Now can someone show this to our kids?!)

By Melissa Willets
May 03, 2017

Some people may think I'm crazy (or a genius!), but all three of my kids—ages 8, 6, and 3—are in bed well before 8:00 p.m. most nights. Not only do I agree with what doctors recommend—that children need adequate sleep to be healthy and happy—but quite frankly, I also value my alone time, sans kids.

Now science backs up what I've long believed: When kids go to bed earlier, moms are happier!

A Growing Up Australia study looked at thousands of kids beginning more than a decade ago. Researchers used interviews, conducted every two years, to evaluate families' mental health and sleep habits. Not only did they determine that kiddos who hit the hay by 8:30 at night displayed "better health-related quality of life," but their mamas did too!

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Could it be because these moms had more time to do things they wanted to do? Like have a glass of vino, or chat with a human being old enough not to drink out of a sippy cup? That's my guess!

Meanwhile, if your kids aren't used to going to bed early, it could be difficult to get them on a new schedule. Ultimately, it's about setting up a bedtime routine, and sticking to it. If you already have a routine that's working, but you don't start it until much later than you'd like, consider moving the time forward by 15 minutes or a half hour each day. Within a few days or a week, likely you'll see the benefits for both mom, and child.

What time do your kids go to bed?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.

Comments (2)

December 13, 2019
My kids (who are now 18 & 21) always had an early bedtime, preceded by a set bedtime routine which we stuck to most nights of the year - weekends included. Even as teens who took advanced classes and were 3 season athletes, they rarely had problems getting up in the morning. I also had cell phones/devices plugged into the kitchen 30 minutes before bedtime, or 9:30 in high school. Our kids knew their number one priority was to be the best student possible, and a subtask is being rested enough to learn and behave in school. Based on their success during and after high school, I think earlier bedtimes made for happier and higher performing kids. And my husband and I were able to enjoy some one-on-one time together, which made both of us happier too. Although today my kids are out of high school, our town is battling for later school start times. Even my own kids think teens will stay up later and later on their phones or laptops and nothing will really change.
January 18, 2019
Don't forget about dads, the magazine is titled "Parents" right? My husband and I do bedtime together, as I imagine many other modern couples do.