Do you allow your kid to stay up late at night?
June 6, 2010 4:57am CST
A cousin of mine had an eight year old boy who is fond of staying up late with her mother doing online works. He won’t sleep if mom’s not in bed and the lights of the PC are still on. The kid loves to wait for her mom to retire to bed and have a good night rest. I just don’t understand why this mom allow her kid to do this so.what’s your side on this?
• Guangzhou, China
7 Jun 10
If it is not necessary or something special, I won't let my child to stay up late. It's not good for them because children need more time to sleep. So they can grow up well. Now everyday I try to let my son go to bed at about 9:30pm and I guess he will fall asleep at last at about 10pm. I love China
9 Jun 10
yeah you're right. There is yet another study out that gives one more reason why adolescents need their sleep. Researchers looked at third graders and discovered that for each additional hour the child slept at night, he/she reduced her chance of being obese in sixth grade by 40%. Although when it comes to sleep, there is really no magic number of hours required by all kids in a certain age group, for this select study of third graders, 9.75 hours or more sleep at night was the key to reducing their obesity risk. Of course sleep is just one factor that may contribute to obesity. It should go without saying that daily exercise and a healthy diet are also key factors in preventing obesity (at every age).
• United States
6 Jun 10
She could just turn the monitor off and sit and read awhile to allow him to settle down to rest. then she could resume her studies and works. But then if he doesn't have school the next day and doesn't need to get up, does it really make a big difference? I guess it really depends on the entire situation.
9 Jun 10
well kids need more sleep. your suggestion is great. Sleep is incredibly important to every child’s health, well-being, and vitality. s kids grow and get a little bit older, the “ideal” number of sleep hours received does decrease a bit. Adolescents (from age 10 and above) need about 8 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night, but often don’t reach that goal due to excessive homework or after-school activities. Teens actually would do well to get more sleep during puberty. Puberty results in an increase need for sleep because hormones, the chemicals that cause the biological changes during puberty, are released primarily at night. Still, most teens just don’t get enough sleep. And what a surprise, they end up irritable, moody, unmotivated, inattentive, and short-tempered, to name a few. Isn’t this how we typically describe our teens? Maybe if they were getting a little more sleep, we would see a big shift in motivation and attitude. This tiredness or lack of adequate sleep typically sends teens in search of stimulants in the form of coffee, soda pop or caffeinated sports beverages – but this only creates a vicious cycle. If your adolescent child is using caffeine to stay awake during the day, this may also disrupt his/her sleep at night, only adding to the problem.
16 Jun 10
She should not cultivate this habit in him. She can make him sleep and work else where in the house. Monitor light does distract anybody. But any specific reason she does this? Doesn't she have anyone else to make him sleep? or no one interfers to tell her that what ever she is doing is wrong?