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11 June 2012

Sleepless nights pile on the kilos

Research shows that children who don't get enough shut-eye every night face a greater risk of becoming obese than kids who regularly get a good night's sleep.

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Research shows that children who don't get enough shut-eye every night face a greater risk of becoming obese than kids who regularly get a good night's sleep. How much sleep should your child be getting in order to grow up into a healthy adult with a normal weight?

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After researchers reviewed 17 published studies on sleep duration and childhood obesity, they found that most research recommends that children under five years old sleep 11 hours or more a day, while children aged between five and 10 years old should get 10 or more hours of sleep with children older than 10 sleeping a recommended minimum of nine hours. 

 
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