Kids and irregular bedtimes

Posted at: 07/09/2013 8:31 PM

Kids may not love going to bed, but establishing a consistent bedtime may be important to their brain power.

Researchers in Britain analyzed results of a long-term study of more than 11,000 seven years ago. Irregular bedtimes were most common around the age of 3 and appeared to increase the likelihood for lower test scores in reading and math by the age of 7. The problem was significant in girls who didn't have regular bedtimes at ages 3, 5 and 7.

Doctors say the inconsistent sleep could undermine the brain's ability to acquire and retain information.

News10NBC's Lia Lando talked with Dr. Louis Papa about the study on Tuesday's Roc City. To see the interview, press play on the video player.