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Sleep Deprivation Closely linked to Childhood Obesity

Sleep deprivationAccording to the “National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), irregular sleep patterns or lack of sleep contribute to childhood obesity. So, it’s not just lack of exercise, genetic factor and food that tied to kids obesity.

It is recommended that children should get at least 9-10 hours of sleep daily. However, studies have found that most of the children between the age of 4-10 are not getting sufficient sleep and many children are suffering from erratic sleeping problems. Irregular sleep patterns and the lack of deep sleep contribute to altered levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, insulin and C-reactive protein which is an indication of cardiovascular and inflammation risk.

A recent study done by NCHS found that 33% of children getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night were obese, where as those children getting 7-8 hours daily were the thinnest group with obesity at 22%.

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