As per a research done at the American Association for Cancer Research, a group of scientists felt that there was a hidden link between the quality of sleep a child had and also the type of food habits they adopted in life.

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As per the studies, they felt that poor sleep can negatively affect the BMI of a child. BMI, in simple words, is the Body Mass Index. 

Almost one among five kids were found to be obese. This was particularly depressing as the statistics showed that the numbers were rising steadily from the 1970s. A more obese population meant the inflow and existence of many other dangerous diseases. So, that is definitely not a good and healthy sign!

Revelations that we need to know

  • If sleep was inadequate, then this would lead to childhood obesity.
  • Overtime, the situation of childhood obesity would lead to adult obesity and that in turn would lead to be the host for many diseases.
  • For this, many children were taken for the study and their sleeping and waking up cycles were noted for a period of 5 days.
  • During this period, the children were studied for the amount of time they slept, played, ate food and so on. 
  • The results showed that those children who slept for a short period of time, which means for a few hours, had a decrease in their waist line and also their BMI. 
  • If the children had frequent sessions of sleep and then rest or periods of inactivity, this tended to make them fatter at the waist. Their inactive lifestyle could be a probable reason for this.
  • If children slept early, then woke up early and engaged in physical activity and also ate to their fill- it was noticed that the children do not end up being obese. 
  • If the sleep is not continual, then that too can influence the obesity of a child. This means that the child will have a disturbed sleep and thus will feel like going in for midnight snacks or so. Such cases, should be avoided.
  • For a sound sleep, the child should not have any gadgets, the loud noise of televisions and even people talking around and near their sleeping places.
  • So, in general they advice that a balanced and systematic sleep cycle should be followed so that children live a healthy lifestyle. The child needs a minimum of 9 hours of sleep for a sound and healthy mind and body.

Problems related to poor sleep

It is said that if the child is not trained to sleep well at a young age, then this will set as the base cycle in the minds of the child, even as they grow up. 

People who do not sleep well will develop many healthy issues like:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Diseases
  • Obesity 
  • Lack of concentration in work and also during study time
  • Lesser performance levels in school and also work
  • Problems related to Sleep Apnea

Overall they have noticed that poor sleepers are the ones who become fatter, eat more than required and can have quite a lot of stubborn when compared to good sleepers.

So, if your child is one who has a sound sleep, with lesser episodes of disturbances- then you do not need to worry, as they are healthy.

If they are not sound sleepers, plan out with your paediatrician and fix a good timetable to ensure that they get a full night rest.