Peter, who owns a bookstore, is convinced his insomnia began because of his parents’ insistence that he go to bed too early.
“Being forced to go to bed when I wanted to stay up was really hard,” he said. “It was a physical sensation: all I wanted to do was be up and moving around. Instead I had to lie quietly in bed. It got me in the habit of thinking a lot. Now my problem is that I just can’t turn my mind off.”
A new study that examines the relationship between melatonin secretion and children’s sleep patterns suggests that bedtimes set by parents can put children at risk for insomnia.