Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sleep Habits and Healthy Kids

It isn't news that many tweens and teens don't get enough sleep. Now, new research shows that when kids sleep matters, as well as how long.

A study of 2,200 9- to 16-year-olds in Australia found that kids who go to bed late and get up late are at greater risk for obesity, lack of exercise, and other related health problems, regardless of sleep duration.

Late-bed/Late-rise adolescents were 1.47 times more likely to be overweight or obese than Early-bed/Early-rise adolescents, 2.16 times more likely to be obese, and 2.92 times more likely to have high screen time. Late-bed/Late-rise adolescents were more likely to come from poorer households, to live in major cities, and have fewer siblings.

Ben Franklin knew what he was talking about! Read more here.

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