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03 May 2011

Extra sleep in babies tied to growth spurts

Increased bursts of sleep in infants are linked with growth spurts, new research indicates.

Increased bursts of sleep in infants are linked with growth spurts, new research indicates.

There was a significant association between these increases in sleep and growth spurts in body length, which tended to occur within 48 hours of the sleep bursts. The researchers determined that the likelihood of a growth spurt increased by about 43% for each additional sleep episode and by 20% for each extra hour of sleep.

 
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