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HEALTH NEWS: Study on toddlers and sleeptime

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 06:37 PM CST
 new study on toddler's could lead to fewer battles at bedtime.
It found that toddlers go to sleep faster when their bedtimes and body clocks are in sync.
   
University of Colorado researchers took melatonin samples from 14 kids, aged  30 to 36 months.
   
Not only did they find differences as to when children's levels of melatonin  started to increase, but they found a direct effect on how fast the
Children fell asleep.
   
Researchers say, on average, the children's melatonin levels started increasing about 7:40 p.M. And they fell asleep in about 30 minutes.
   
But those who were put to bed before their melatonin levels started climbing  took up to an hour to fall asleep.
   
Doctors say while you can't take your child's melatonin level every night, but you can look for other cues to clarify their body clock.

Dr. Kim Giuliano/Cleveland Clinic Children's
"That they're starting to rub their eyes, they might be slowing down a little bit in their activity level, or they might be getting a little bit crankier."

Researchers say if your child resists bedtime or has trouble falling asleep,  they may not be physiologically ready for sleep at that time.
   
Complete findings for this study are in the journal "Mind, Brain, and Education."

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