Sending your child to bed at the same time every night may
have more benefits than you first realise, if new research is to be
believed.


Carried out by the Prince's Trust, the study found that a quarter
of people between the ages of 16 and 25 had no set bedtime as they
were growing up.


People with poor exam grades were found to be twice as likely to
have a lack of structure in their day compared to those who
followed a strict routine.


Just over a quarter (27 per cent) of those polled didn't grow up
with a set bedtime, which increased to 39 per cent among those who
finished school with fewer than five good GCSEs.


In addition to this, 14 per cent of the group said they had grown
up without set meal times, compared to 30 per cent of those with
poor exam grades.


Researchers analysed their findings to suggest that a lack of
structure and direction in early life made young people less
confident than their peers.


Princes Trust chief executive Martina Milburn commented: "The
absence of structure and routine in a young life can have a
devastating impact.


"Without the right support, directionless teenagers can become
lost young adults - unconfident, under-qualified and
unemployed."


Additional results from the study found that almost a third of
young people often feel down or depressed, while one in five said
they felt rejected.


A similar number revealed that they didn't receive the support
they needed when they were at school.


The importance of a bedtime routine is often emphasised when it
comes to children, with good habits necessary from an early
age.


Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson recently stressed that kids
need to maintain their bedtime routine even during the school
holidays or special events.


He explained that failing to follow a routine can lead to all
sorts of problems later in life.


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