Early Bedtime For Preschoolers Might Help Reduce Obesity Risk Later

DrLullaby’s founder, Lisa Medalie, PsyD, DBSM contributes to this NPR article, explaining that it can be harder to have a fussy child fall asleep and that a fixed bedtime and wakeup time are very important to combat it. A child’s bedtime is an important factor to examine because it’s something a parent generally has some control over, says Lisa Medalie, director of the Pediatric Insomnia Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, whereas kids often have a fixed wakeup time because they have to get out the door in time for camp or school. “Kids can get really fussy when you keep them up too late,” Medalie says. “If they get too fussy and get overtired, then it actually makes it harder for them to sleep.”