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Why is an earlier bedtime better for my child?

Earlier bedtimes may have a “protective effect” for adolescents against depression and suicidal thoughts. Researchers found when parents set their kids bedtimes earlier (10pm or earlier), adolescents were less likely to suffer from depression (by 24%) and less likely to think about committing suicide (by 20%). Earlier bedtimes seemed to allow for more total sleep time in these kids. And kids who report sleeping 5 or fewer hours were 71% more likely to suffer from depression and 48% more likely to think about suicide.

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