Good sleep helps kids become slimmer, healthier teens: study

Good sleep helps kids become slimmer, healthier teens: study

(HealthDay)—Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third of them had consistent, age-appropriate bedtimes between ages 5 and 9, according to their mothers.

Compared to that group, those who had no routine at age 9 got less sleep and had a higher body mass index (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) at age 15, according to the Penn State study.

"Parenting practices in childhood affect and BMI in the teenage years. Developing a proper routine in childhood is crucial for the future of the child," study co-author Orfeu Buxton said in a university news release.

Buxton is director of the Sleep, Health and Society Collaboratory at Penn State.

"We think sleep affects physical and mental health, and the ability to learn," he added.

The findings highlight the importance of educating parents about children's bedtimes.

Several factors should determine bedtimes. They include what time the child must get ready for school, how long it takes to get there and the school's start time, according to the researchers.

"Giving children the time frame to get the appropriate amount of sleep is paramount," Buxton said.

Bedtime should be set to give the an adequate amount of sleep, even if he or she doesn't fall asleep right away, he explained.

The report was published recently in the journal Sleep.

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Dec 30, 2018
Mary Poppins stay awake

Stay awake don't rest your head
Don't lie down upon your bed
While the moon drifts in the skies
Stay awake don't close your eyes
Though the world is fast asleep
Though your pillow soft and deep
You're not sleepy as you seem
Stay awake, don't nod and dream
Stay awake, don't nod and dream

Well adjusted girls have that magic
have sweet dreams
all her little cares are taken care of
she hasn't a care in the world
is that magic ingredient
she is free to explore her childhood
adults are there to take the burden of those little shoulders
so parents can lose themselves in her magical child hood world
as to children
money is no object
and so the parents bear this burdensome financial burden
well adjusted children reward their parents in ways only children can
that money cannot buy
so parents who live in this magical childhood dream world
their child sleeps peacefully
with adequate sleep

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