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Friday, October 20, 2006

More Parenting Caveats

Argh. As if we didn't have to worry enough already about doing the right thing when it comes to parenting our children, it turns out that letting them go to sleep later than their bedtime might get you more than just a kid who's a little tired and cranky:
Not getting enough sleep may play a role in youngsters becoming overweight, partly by disrupting normal metabolism, a doctor contends in a report released yesterday.

The current epidemic of obesity has been driven largely by environmental factors - an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity, Dr. Shahrad Taheri of England's University of Bristol points out in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Taheri writes that research suggests that sleep may impact energy balance and that short sleep duration may lead to metabolic changes that could help fuel the development of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Great. Add it to the list, people. Add it to the list.


Blogger Pragmatician said...

They should’ve suggested ways to make it easier to put them to bed if they're going to throw that 'revelation' at us!

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well actually the doctor I went to with my waight problem, who happens to be a metobolic specialist, told me the same thing. It is very important to get a good nights sleep to help your metabolism work properly.

The mechanics of the body is designed to work dependent on different factors. If you are lacks in fueling your metabolism with the right fuel and efficiencies it needs to work properly then you will get an inaffective sluggish system.

2:10 PM  
Blogger nikki said...

my nutritionist concurs. she says that 6 hours/night (or 7.5 if you need more sleep) is the most beneficial. why the extra 1.5 hours? according to her, a full sleep cycle takes 1.5 hours and four complete sleep cycles is all most people need. interrupted sleep cycles can mess up your metabolism. it's working for me.

4:36 PM  
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