March 25, 2014, HealthDay
Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.
The study included children in over 1,300 British families who had their sleep measured when they were 16 months old and their diet checked when they were 21 months old.
Those who slept less than 10 hours a day consumed about 10 percent more calories than those who slept more than 13 hours, according to the study in the International Journal of Obesity.
This is the first study to link amount of sleep to calorie consumption in children younger than 3 years, the University College London (UCL) researchers said. They suggested that shorter sleep may disrupt the regulation of appetite hormones. Continue reading