More sleep means less weight? Absolutely. Balanced cortisol and hunger-regulating hormone levels help your child break the obesity-sleep connection and reach a healthy weight. So not only is there a connection between obesity and sleep where obesity can make sleep more difficult (i.e. a sleep apnea-obesity link), there is also an obesity-sleep connection where insufficient sleep contributes to obesity (i.e. a sleep deprivation-obesity link). Because getting a child or teen to bed on time can be a challenging endeavour, here are a few Kids in Balance (KIB) suggestions for ensuring your child is well-rested.
Sufficient sleep is essential to health and wellness. There is also increasing evidence that sleep plays a large role in obesity rates, both adult and child. I recommend putting the following four guidelines in place with your child or teen:
Sufficient sleep goes a long way towards balancing cortisol levels and to ensuring the hormones that regulate hunger are kept in proper balance. Enough sleep, therefore, can often mean:
There really is something to the obesity-sleep connection and that "more sleep, less weight" saying.
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