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Sleep Disorders

05 October 2010

Lack of sleep in infants ups obesity

Infants and preschoolers who don't get enough sleep at night are at increased risk for later childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

Infants and preschoolers who don't get enough sleep at night are at increased risk for later childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

At the follow-up, 33% of the younger children and 36 % of the older children were overweight or obese. Among the younger children, lack of sufficient nighttime sleep at baseline was associated with increased risk for later overweight or obesity.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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