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Sleeping is good for you and your children

6 Nov

Here’s another reason to get the kids to bed early: More sleep may lower their risk of becoming obese.University of Michigan researchers have found that every additional hour per night a third-grader spends sleeping reduces the child’s chances of being obese in sixth grade by 40 per cent.The less sleepĀ children got, the more likely the children were to be obese in sixth grade, no matter what the child’s weight was in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan, who led the research.If there was a magic number for the third graders, it was nine hours, 45 minutes of sleep. Sleeping more than that lowered the risk significantly.

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