A mother’s voice is it seems more effective at waking a child than the piercing sound of a smoke alarm.
Despite the fact most kids won’t go to bed when you want them to and then won’t wake up when you need them to it seems they listen when it matters most.
Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio decided to investigate whether a recording of a mother’s voice would be more effective at waking up a sleeping child than the usual noise emitted by a fire alarm.
The team assessed 176 children at a sleep research centre in the state capital, all of whom were aged between five and 12 years old.
They carried out the study by using recordings of three maternal “voice alarms” on each of the sleeping participants, in addition to a standard smoke alarm.
Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the study’s findings indicated that sleeping children are about three times more likely to wake up to the sound of a mother’s voice than a high-pitched alarm.
Incredibly, the researchers also found that children who woke to the sound of their mother’s voice were able to “escape” the bedroom where they were sleeping in around 18 to 28 seconds, while it took them approximately five minutes to escape when roused by a smoke alarm.