Research shows that children who do not have a set pattern are more likely to misbehave and be disturbed.
According to research children who are put to bed at the same time each day are less likely to misbehave.
The children that do not have a set sleeping time are more likely to demonstrate symptoms similar to jet lag including emotional difficulties and hyperactivity.
According to a study by the University College London on more than 10,000 children they found that over a long period of time it will mess up the body’s natural rhythms which can cause sleep deprivation.
Professor Yvonne Kelly, from UCL’s department of epidemiology and public health, said: ”Not having fixed bedtimes, accompanied by a constant sense of flux, induces a state of body and mind akin to jet lag and this matters for healthy development and daily functioning,
“It follows that disruptions to sleep, especially if they occur at key times in development, could have important lifelong impacts on health.What we’ve shown is that these effects build up incrementally over childhood, so that children who always had irregular bedtimes were worse off than those children who did have a regular bedtime at one or two of the ages when they were surveyed.”