Positive Parenting: More Sleep, Better Parents

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.

Today in Positive Parenting, we take a look at if that lack of rest can 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, parents are advised to follow a routine and 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.

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.

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