Putting children to bed earlier increases sleep duration

Clinical Question

What nonpharmacologic interventions increase sleep in children?

Bottom line

Although we now know that putting children to bed earlier increases sleep duration by approximately 47 minutes, these studies don’t provide data on the more important child-oriented outcomes of health or school performance. On the other hand, the effect on the parent-oriented outcome of gaining more time at the end of the day is incalculable! 2a-

Study design: Meta-analysis (randomized controlled trials)

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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Bertus Johannes Reitsma

sleep deprivation

responsible parents do not need any " scientific " evidence to care for their children as far as health sleep is concerned !


earlier bedtime

47 minutes more sleep duration


Impact assessment

Very good