Active kids sleep better


21 Responses to “Active kids sleep better”

  1. opensource says:

    I agree with this article, but more importantly, I must know: where can I get one of those red stuffed robots? I’d like one for my son.

  2. mdh says:

    I think you’re not supposed to let your baby sleep on his/her stomach.

    That may be true for your baby, Cory’s baby requires a better citation (please) before accepting such unsought advice.

  3. RedMonkey says:

    … and in other news scientists recently revealed a study which shows that water is wet, and fire is hot. Hmm, who’d of thunk it?

    Off to you Sandy, I hear there’s a story about a box of kittens?

  4. d3matt says:

    have to agree with #2… you wear the kid out so they sleep better and their mental state is much better overall.

  5. Gilbert Wham says:


    I think you’re not supposed to let your baby sleep on his/her stomach.

    Try stopping the little buggers, though. For that matter, if the consensus on the matter changes, and you are supposed to lay ‘em on their fronts, good luck getting them to sleep that way too…

  6. Cory Doctorow says:

    The Red Robots come from the nice folks at Diesel Sweeties. Highly recommended!

  7. chris says:

    @3, exactly! When I ran around all day I sleep better too. And people get paid to research this?

  8. automaton_be says:

    While active children sleep better (and i’ll add my ‘duh’ to the chorus) it’s not a good idea to have them running around right before bed time. Kids need time to get into ‘sleeping mode’.
    I’d be interested to see if the effect reverses at a certain level of activity. In my experience, kids who are completely exhausted don’t sleep very well.
    It’s pretty widely known that enough sleep is extremely important for children and adolescents. I know of several campaigns to discourage parents to allow TVs, computers, game consoles and even comics in their kids’ bedrooms. Just so they don’t spend half the night reading/gaming.
    All this probably goes for adults to, if only we all had our eight ours of sleep every night, the world would undoubtedly be a wonderful place.

  9. apoxia says:

    Geez, you’d think from some of these comments that I’m reading the local newspaper website. Science is important guys, and a lot of things we think are true aren’t always correct, hence why we actually need to test things to see what’s happening!

    And for those who think there is lots of funding in New Zealand, you’re wrong. I live in New Zealand and am a researcher so I know what I am talking about.

  10. pittfrog says:

    I teach Judo to kids, and I try to make the practices hard but fun, for just this reason. Tired children make for happy parents.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just based on self-observation, I think active adults sleep better too.

  12. huntsu says:

    Why is the picture of an infant if the test was with seven year olds? Seems to me someone needs to get a little more sleep before picking their art!

  13. johnhazard says:

    I think you’re not supposed to let your baby sleep on his/her stomach.

  14. alxr says:

    @All those saying ‘duh’: yes, it’s one of those things ‘everyone knows’. Everyone knows that things fall towards the ground, too, but do they know that the gravitational force between two masses is proportional to their product and inversely proportional to the square of their separation? Quantifying these things sometimes tells us new things.

    @11: Not anymore, I think. When I was a baby, apparently the advice was on-stomach. As an adult, I can’t sleep in any other position. I’d be interested to know if one is patterned when young.

  15. EH says:

    Works for adults, too.

  16. ascendingPig says:

    Maybe kids who sleep enough are more energetic and active in general? Did they measure against the nights after more or less activity from one kid?

  17. vlu77 says:

    Oh, great! Now maybe they could pay some people to conduct a study regarding the immediate effects of rain on pavement.

    “After months of vigorous testing, we are pleased to announce our results. Ahem. Wet.”

    We’ll need more scientists of course. Job creation, no? I wonder where I can find an application to attend the New Zealand School of No-Brainers.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Then they removed the devices and the more active children were taken to battle school…

  19. Shannon says:

    I think this is one of those truths that every parent (?) knows… if you wear your kid out at the park after school, they’ll be both better behaved and happier in general, and sleep through the night without problem. On one hand I’m happy to see a study confirming that, but on the other hand… duh!

  20. MollyMaguire says:

    Wow, I would think this study would be a siren song for all scientists who have been having trouble getting their projects funded to go to New Zealand. The grant committees there are apparently fairly lax.

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