Kids Who Sleep In Parents’ Bed Less Likely To Be Overweight
Posted May 10 2012 12:46pm
Children who wake up at night and are allowed to fall back asleep in their parents’ bed are less likely to be overweight than kids put back into their own bed, a new study says.
The study included nearly 500 Danish children aged 2 to 6 who had an increased risk of being overweight because they had a high birth weight, their mothers were overweight before becoming pregnant or their mothers were poor.
Children who never slept in their parents’ bed after waking up at night were three times more likely to be obese than those who went to sleep in their parents’ bed every night after waking.
The findings were to be presented Tuesday at the European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France.
Previous research suggested that children who sleep in their parents’ bed after waking during the night have poor-quality sleep, which has been found to be associated with obesity. Based on those findings, it would seem that children who sleep in their parents’ bed would be more likely to become overweight or obese, according to the researchers.