Another Reason for Toddlers to Sleep
Toddlers who sleep less eat more, a study of 1,303 children ages 16 to 21 months found. Parents’ reports of their children’s sleeping and eating patterns revealed that the tots who slept less than 10 hours a night ate about 105 calories more daily than did those who slept for 13 hours or more. There was no relationship shown with the child’s weight, but the researchers suggest that sleep patterns in early childhood could lay the groundwork for obesity.
Source: International Journal of Obesity, published online March 26, 2014