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Put toddlers to bed early to stop them getting fat

Sarah Slater

Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30

Guidelines recommend toddlers receive nine-and-a-half to 11-and-a-half hours of sleep a night
Guidelines recommend toddlers receive nine-and-a-half to 11-and-a-half hours of sleep a night

Earlier bedtimes for toddlers leads to lower numbers of obese teenagers, a leading sleep expert claims.

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Putting children to bed early, not only staves off crankiness, but it also prevents ­preschoolers becoming teens with unhealthy weights.

The US Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development examined the relationship ­between toddlers' bedtime and obesity in adolescence of a total of 977 children aged four-and-a-half.

Sarah Anderson, Associate Professor of epidemiology at Ohio State ­University and author of the study from the 'Journal of ­Pediatrics'­, found an link ­between earlier bedtimes for kids and healthier weight at the age of 15 emerged.

Guidelines recommend toddlers get nine-and-a-half to 11-and-a-half hours of sleep a night. Later bedtimes were related to increased risk of ­obesity. Only 10pc of children who went to bed at 8pm or earlier were obese.

The first study on the issue backs up what Irish ­paediatric sleep expert Lucy Wolfe of the Sleep Clinic sees on a daily basis.

Irish Independent

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