Monday, April 7, 2008

Too little childhood sleep tied to later health problems

Too little childhood sleep tied to later problems - Yahoo! News: (Reuters) -
"Getting too little sleep doubles a young child's risk of being overweight and raises the chances
of later anxiety and depression...In a study involving 915 children in
Massachusetts, they found that those who slept less than 12 hours a day in the first two years of life were twice as likely to be overweight at age 3 than children who slept longer...Another team of researchers led by Alice Gregory of the University of London examined the long-term emotional fallout from too little sleep in childhood. They gathered sleep data on 2,076 Dutch children ages 4 to 16, and then questioned them as adults years later about various emotional and behavioral symptoms...The children who slept less than others reported more anxiety, depression and aggressive behavior as adults..."

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