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Kids Who Sleep More Weigh Less & Perform Better Enough Sleep?

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:32pm

Parents, are your kids getting enough shut eye?

If your young ones dose off enough, they may be able to ward off obesity and even do well in school.

Indeed, recent studies reveal that insufficient sleep can lead to obesity, poor eating habits, not enough execise and poor academic performance.

In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) urges adolescents to get about nine hours of sleep so they can reach their full potential in both school and their personal lives.

“Getting the proper quantity and quality of sleep is just as important as the proper diet in allowing your child to function their best,” said AASM spokesperson William C. Kohler, MD, of the Florida Sleep Institute. “Sleep problems can lead to difficulty in behavior and academic performance.”

But parents, if your kids don't get enough sleep time, they're at increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Plus, they may become moody and irritable, have reduced memory functioning, delayed reaction time and a lack of motivation.

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