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10% of children stay up past 10pm: Here’s how to get children to bed on time

Ah the bedtime battle. Getting children to bed on time is a nightly struggle for many parents, but new research has revealed one in 10 primary school children don’t go to sleep until after 10pm.

The new study has revealed the extent to which modern parents are losing the battle of bedtime, with 55% trying desperately to establish a bedtime routine, but almost the same amount (51%) saying in reality, it is the single most stressful time of the day.

In fact, the average parent loses 7.9 hours sleep a week, which adds up to a whopping 52 nights a year, because their children Just. Won’t. Go. to sleep.

While 79% of the 2,000 parents surveyed say they prefer their children to be in bed at or before 8pm, the reality is as many as 58% are going to bed after this – with one in 10 going to bed after 10pm every night.

The study reveals it takes a further 43 minutes (on average) after teeth and stories to get children to settle properly and go to sleep.

In news that won’t come as a surprise to any parent, the average bedtime routine includes three bedtime stories, two tantrums, four kisses goodnight, two claims of illness and another two shouts for parents to rearrange sheets.

Sound familiar?

Overall, parents make three trips back to their child’s bedroom after lights out and kids get back out of bed three times, which inevitably leads to family arguments.

And according to the poll around four in ten children (38%) will get up again during the night.

Unsurprisingly this leads to a lack of sleep, which almost half (48%) of parents confess makes them feel miserable, with 47% admitting to being bad tempered and just over a quarter 27% worrying about the effect it has on their relationship.

The figures have been released to mark the launch of Disney Junior UK’s new Parenting Hacks podcast, (available to download on iTunes from today) hosted by Helen Skelton, which brings together parents, experts and special guests to explore tips, tricks and ways to support busy parents.

Commenting on the findings parenting expert Dr Claire Halsey said: “We all know how stressful it can be getting our children to go to sleep, and this can have an effect on our own bedtime routine. However, there are ways to help settle your child, so they feel peaceful and calm during this important time of the day, which in turn allows you more time to relax and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep.”