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February 9, 2007
Children Who Sleep More Weigh Less
A new study published in the journal Child Development has found that children who get more sleep are less likely to be overweight than kids who skimp on shuteye.
"Our study adds to the growing literature about the connection between sleep and weight," said Emily Snell, the study's lead author and a doctoral student in Northwestern's department of human development and social policy. "Other studies have found that sleep and weight are related in adults and kids, but it's not clear if sleep affects weight, or vice versa. We accounted for that by factoring in how much the kids already weighed," Snell said.