A good night’s sleep protects children from obesity, research shows
Massachusetts: American scientists say that children who get long and full sleep have a lower risk of obesity later in life.
Experts registered 298 babies born between 2016 and 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital for the study, according to a report published in the online research journal Sleep.
The children were given light smart watches to monitor their waking hours, while their parents were asked to keep a diary of their daily eating and sleeping routines.
During this time, it was observed that children who slept peacefully between 7 pm and 8 am, their weight remained close to normal for the next two to three years.
Experts also found that an extra hour of sleep at these specific times from evening to morning reduced the risk of obesity in infants by 26%.
According to Dr. Suzanne Redline, co-author of the article, this is the most careful study of sleep and obesity in children to date, as it relies not only on information provided by parents but also on children through smart watches. Placed