Sunday, August 17, 2008

Overweight Teens Need More Sleep

We all need more sleep. Kids just may need it a little more. Studies at the University of Pittsburgh are showing that lack of sleep can lead to obesity in children.

The study reviewed 355 children from 7 to 17, and found that heavier children slept less. Not only did the overweight children sleep less, but they had less eye activity during REM sleep, the REM sleep was of a shorter duration, and the interval before the first REM period was increased.

So, it sounds like kids can keep weight in check by getting plenty of sleep, plenty of exercise, and NOT eating plenty of corn syrup.

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