Monday, November 11, 2013

Children who get more sleep weigh less

A study claims that children who sleep more weigh less than their sleepier counterparts. This shows how important getting enough sleep is to children and their health.

Getting a good night's rest is an essential part of our every-day health. It's as simple as that.
The American Psychological Association shows that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Not enough sleep can greatly interfere with daily activities, create moodiness and instability in an individual's life and can also be a contributor to weight gain, among other health problems.
A recent study shows that more than ever, sleep is particularly important for children-and this can play a major contribution to losing weight.
"Achieving a good night's sleep during childhood should be explored as an important strategy to enhance prevention and intervention approaches for obesity," said associate professor of public health at Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia, Chantelle Hart. She is also the lead study author of the research.
While looking at a three-week study involving 37 children ages 8 to 11, findings suggest that increasing sleep could help decrease food intake over time and improve weight regulation in this age group.
The children who added sleep tended to eat less, with an average of 134 calories a day. They also shed about half a pound on average and had lower morning levels of the hormone leptin-a 16-kDa adipokin that plays a key role in weight regulation.
Researchers are hoping to determine if sleep over a longer period may help prevent weight loss, as well.
"The evidence is incredibly strong and consistent that a short list of lifestyle factors has a phenomenal influence on weight, health and even gene expression," Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn. said, via Health.
Combined with a good night's rest, physical activity, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and stress reduction, these all play an important role in helping lose or maintain a healthy weight.
While adults can scrap by with eight hours a night, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that children and teens may need more.
For instance, school-aged children should get 10 to 11 hours a night while teens need around 9.25 hours of sleep, according to the organization.
At the end of their research, study authors note that while there is not a solid link between more sleep and weight loss, it potentially opens the door for greater research regarding the topic.
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