Kids always want to stay up late. But what’s the optimum time for them – and you – to go to bed?

The Guardian - Dec 02, 15:00 GMT

More than half of parents say bedtime is the single most stressful time of the day, yet research on when children should go to bed is poor

More than half of parents say bedtime is the single most stressful time of the day, yet research on when children should go to bed is poor. One expert explodes the myths

Bedtime can be a battle for many parents, with more than half in a recent study saying it is the single most stressful time of their day – and almost two-thirds of respondents telling Disney’s Parenting Hacks podcast that their kids won’t sleep until after 10pm.

So, what time should we go to bed? It varies, says Dr Paul Kelley, an honorary associate in sleep, circadian and memory neuroscience at the Open University. The topic of young children’s bedtimes is “very badly” researched, he says. That said: “9pm is a sensible approach.”

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