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Can Late Bedtimes Lead to Obesity in Children?

July 6, 2021 • Our Blog • General HealthSleep
Can Late Bedtimes Lead to Obesity in Children?

Genetics, mental health, and socioeconomic status can affect your child’s risk for obesity. But according to a new study, later bedtimes are also linked to an increased risk of obesity. You may already know that obesity in children is linked to their genetics, mental health, socioeconomic status, stress, and home-life situations. But did you know that it has also been linked to late bedtimes? The Correlation Between Late Bedtimes and Childhood Obesity In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, later bedtimes for children were associated with an increased risk of obesit

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The Hard Truth about Screen Time and Sleep for Kids

January 10, 2019 • Kids Health LLC • Sleep
Girl and boy with their smart phones

The number of sleep children and adolescents gets each night is continuing to decrease, and researchers believe screen time may be to blame. Sleep is incredibly important for cognitive and physical processes alike, especially for children and teens. However, research shows that school-aged children and adolescents are continuing to get fewer and fewer hours of sleep over time, even though sleep deficits negatively impact mood, learning outcomes, and overall health. While there are likely a number of factors contributing to young people’s growing sleep deficits, studies suggest that screens have a significant effect.

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