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Link Between Bedtime, Obesity

September 13, 2016
OVParent

According to researchers at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, preschoolers who are in bed sleeping by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening.

In fact, the study found that bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the likelihood of obesity later in life.

Easier said than done, right? Here a few tips that might help:

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Establish a regular bedtime with few or no exceptions, including weekends and holidays.

Create a bedtime routine such as a bath or shower, putting on pajamas, story time, closing bedroom shades, and consider a sound machine.

Don't have a TV in the bedroom.

Make sure children get plenty of daytime activity

Keep your child calm at night - not too much excitement right before bed.

No electronic devices before bedtime.

No eating before bed, especially sugary foods.

- Charles Platkin, Ph.D., a.k.a. The Diet Detective

 
 

 

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