Kids: Less Sleep, More Fat

Oh! If only I had this study growing up. Maybe my mom would have let me sleep in. New research has determined that lack of sleep may increases children’s risk of becoming obese. More from Carla K. Johnson of the Associated Press:
The less sleep they got, the more likely the children were to be obese in sixth grade, no matter what the child's weight was in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan, who led the research.


If there was a magic number for the third-graders, it was nine hours, 45 minutes of sleep. Sleeping more than that lowered the risk significantly.

The study gives parents one more reason to enforce bedtimes, restrict caffeine and yank the TV from the bedroom. The study appears in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics
You need your Z’s, that’s for sure! Personally, if I don’t get enough rest I become a raging beast of destruction. Maybe this is why. Here’s Dr. Fuhrman on sleep. Take a look:
Recuperation through sleep is responsible for rebuilding and preparing the body to handle the increasing demands. Rest and sleep enable the body to recover from the effects of these waking stresses, because the body can concentrate its repair efforts most effectively at this time when fewer demands are placed upon it…

…Adequate sleep is a necessary component of good health. Our modern society stays up late into the night and wakes in the morning to an alarm clock—long before sleep requirements have been fulfilled.
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Kirsten - November 6, 2007 9:50 AM

UGH! What about kids who won't sleep? My toddlers are now waking at 4 AM since the time change. Usually, they're asleep from 8 to 5 with a 1 to 2 hour nap. I blame healthy eating! Seriously, I wonder if dairy and other health-compromising foods make us groggier?

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