A new study from New Zealand shows that kids who did at least one hour of vigorous activity during the day fell asleep much faster than those who didn’t.
The study of 591 7-year-olds found that on average it took kids 26 minutes to fall asleep after bedtime. With that one-hour of activity it only took 6 minutes.
There was a direct correlation between the number of minutes it took kids to fall asleep and the number of minutes of vigorous exercise they had that day.
For every hour a child spent each day being sedentary, it took them 3 minutes longer to get to sleep.
From the ABC News story:
“Up to one in six parents of school-aged children report that their child has difficulty falling asleep, Dr. Ed A. Mitchell of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the study’s lead author, told Reuters Health by email. The study’s findings, he said, emphasize that physical activity isn’t only important for fitness, heart health, and weight control, but also for good sleep.
” ‘However, the average amount of vigorous activity was only 43 minutes,’ Mitchell said. Also, he added, the children tended to be active in short bursts. ‘Their activity might better be described as stop-go rather than continuous as an adult might do when they exercise.’ “
What do you think: Do your kids have trouble falling asleep? On average how long does it take them to drift off after they go to bed? How much exercise a day do you think they are getting now? Do you think it’s vigorous or off and on? Do you think more exercise would help them fall asleep faster? Do you buy this study?
Editor’s Note: Our longtime community member and my high school friend NEW MOM has had her second baby! It was very early this morning. I’m waiting for permission from her husband to release details on the birth and maybe even a photo! New Mom and baby are doing fine, according to hubby!