Put toddlers to bed early to stop them getting fat
Earlier bedtimes for toddlers leads to lower numbers of obese teenagers, a leading sleep expert claims.
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.