Because a 32-year study has concluded children consistently getting a good night's sleep were LESS likely to become obese as adults.
The research appears in the October 31st issue of Pediatrics. Reuters reports:
Even with a range of other factors considered -- like childhood weight and TV habits, and adulthood exercise levels -- there remained a link between sleep deprivation during childhood and obesity risk later in life.
All of this supports the idea that early sleep habits have a direct effect on weight in the long term, according to Dr. Robert John Hancox, the study's senior author.
This supports a previous study revealing sleep helps LOWER body mass index (BMI) in children.
Clearly, sleep is important. Even an extra hour once a year can save your life!