It seems there is more than one benefit to making sure kids catch up on sleep on the weekends. My first thought is my kids are much less irritable and less likely to complain about doing homework when they get more sleep. So I am a big proponent of putting the kids to bed at the same time they go to bed during the week and letting them sleep in. New research shows catching up on sleep may also prevent kids from becoming overweight.
FROM NBC: Kids who are able to catch up on much-needed rest on the weekends may be able to stay at a healthy weight. University of Chicago researchers monitored the sleep patterns of more than 300 children -- and nearly all of them averaged 8 hours of sleep a night -- much lower than the recommended 11 hours. But kids who were able to make up for their sleep deficits on the weekends were less likely to be obese. Overweight children also tended to have more irregular sleep patterns and more metabolic risks. 308 children between the ages of 4 and 10 were included in this study. Researchers monitored their sleep patterns with wrist actigraphs for 1 week.
Here's more on this story from TheEpockTimes.
Monday, January 24, 2011
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