Posts Tagged ‘bedtime’

A Wonderful Video to Share With Your Little One: Andrea Bocelli Sings a Lullabye to Elmo

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Sleep and Overweight Kids: What’s the Connection?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Is your child having trouble with obesity? It might help to make sure he’s getting enough sleep.

Kids who get less sleep in third and sixth grades are more likely to be overweight in sixth grade, according to the results of a new study from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The data focused on kids’ sleep problems, how long they slept each night and their Body Mass Index (BMI).

Sixth graders who slept fewer than nine hours per night were more likely to be overweight. And third grade students who got less sleep, regardless of their BMI at the time, also were more likely to become overweight when they reached sixth grade. For every additional hour of sleep in sixth grade, a child was 20 percent less likely to be overweight. Every additional hour of sleep in third grade resulted in a 40 percent decrease in the child’s risk of being overweight in sixth grade. That’s a big difference.

Getting a good night’s sleep can also lead to better grades, less-cranky kids and even a little time alone for mom and dad in the evenings. "Bedtime" is not a dirty word!