Regular Bedtimes Improve Childrens' Test Scores
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Putting children to bed at the same time every night could help boost their brain power when they are older. Mathematics, reading, and spatial awareness are claimed to be the main areas of improvement. (July 18)

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SKY News - No Access UK Mainstream broadcasters/Al Jazeera/Bloomberg. If you are a Foreign News Channel distributed in the UK and Ireland on Sky's digital satellite platform and want to use this content, please contact Anna Jones at Skycommercial@ap.orgNorthfields, London, England - 8 July 2013VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:UPSOUND (English): Laura Downes: "Ok, should we do those teeth? So, I'm going to brush first and then you have a go."THREE-YEAR-OLD LIZZIE HAS HER NIGHTTIME ROUTINE DOWN PAT.UPSOUND (English): Laura Downes: "Come on then lovely; lets go in. Go and choose our stories."AND HER MOM LAURA DOWNES LIKES IT THAT WAY.SOUNDBITE (English): Laura Downes, special needs primary school teacher:"It needs to be rigid and the same and, actually for us, that meant we had a sort of fail-safe tool to fall back on. So, whatever had happened in the day or whatever kind of what was going on, we knew the routine was coming up; she knew the routine was coming up."RESEARCHERS SAY DOWNES IS DOING THE RIGHT THING. GIVING LIZZIE A REGULAR BEDTIME MAY HELP HER BE A BETTER STUDENT WHEN SHE GETS OLDER.BRITISH RESEARCHERS STUDIED TEN-THOUSAND CHILDREN. THEY FOUND THAT THREE, FIVE AND SEVEN-YEAR-OLDs WHO HAD INCONSISTENT BEDTIMES DID WORSE IN READING, MATH AND SPATIAL AWARENESS.SOUNDBITE (English): Professor Amanda Sacker, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London, England:"You just need sleep to consolidate all that you've learnt and experienced from the day before, so that this gets, sort of, laid down in your brain as memories and so on; so you just need to have sleep for that."SOUNDBITE (English) Emma Janes, sleep practitioner:"We learn to sleep. So everyone assumes we just know but for some children they need teaching it."AND BOTH LIZZIE AND HER MOM CAN SLEEP BETTER--KNOWING THE BENEFITS OF THE ROUTINE COULD LAST A LIFETIME.MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.