A number of studies have shown that there is a correlation between the amount of sleep a child gets and the progression of their weight gain. With rates of childhood obesity increasing, a study performed by Janice Bell at the University of Washington wanted to know if sleep was a contributing factor.
She looked at federal data collected on nearly 2,000 children and compared those who slept 10 hours or more a night with those who slept less. She also looked at how much the children weighed over a five-year period. The most striking findings had to do with infants and toddlers.
“We found that their napping didn’t have any effect on their later obesity, whereas the nighttime sleep was significant,” Bell says.
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I do not believe that sleep is the only factor causing childhood obesity, but I think this it is important to recognize how everything is connected. I think this message is important for everyone of all ages, how have you and your kids been sleeping?