Any parent would agree that sleep training can be one of the most difficult aspects of raising a child. Not only does it cause stress and strain, but sleepless nights make the whole thing even worse. Luckily, there are various parenting experts online designed to help make the process a little bit easier. But one, in particular, has gone viral this week for a shocking new method...

Child Sleep Coach Autumn, who posts under the Instagram page @restgrowthrive, took to Instagram stories this week to share some truly game-changing sleep training advice. She spoke out about the benefits of a super early night for your children - and even explained how best to pull it off.

"Tell a parent to put their little one to bed at 5:30/6:00 p.m. and you'll get some wide eyes. Trust me, I get it - an early bedtime can be SCARY!" Autumn shared. "Most often, parents think it will lead to an early wakeup. But, in many circumstances, an early bedtime can be your secret weapon to your child getting a GREAT night of rest and repaying any built-up sleep debts. It *typically* winds up with the child sleeping in until their normal wakeup time."

Autumn claims a bedtime between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm is best for kids under 5 years of age. But there are circumstances when bringing bedtime forward can be of huge benefit to a young child. "When I talk about super early bedtimes, a bedtime as early as 5:30 p.m. is NOT meant to be their new normal forever," explains Autumn.

While she emphasizes this sort of bedtime should only be a "temporary solution," it can be of great use when "children are losing "an entire sleep period in a nap transition."

"Bumping bedtime up temporarily is key to protecting night sleep and avoiding a cycle of overtiredness." Autumn goes on. "It's always a good idea to bump bedtime earlier if naps throughout the day were short, on-the-go, or totally nonexistent."

There's another time where utilizing an earlier bedtime can be helpful, too. "If your child has been waking up for the day in the 5's (or the 4s!); it is often due to a bit of chronic sleep debt and a few nights of an earlier bedtime can help them repay that sleep debt."

Since she shared her tips, Autumn's Instagram has gone viral. "We used to do this especially when they were unwell and hadn't slept much in the night. Children need sleep to develop properly," one comment reads.

Would you be tempted to utilize these tips to get in a super early bedtime? Or do you think 5:30 pm is just too early for bed?