If your answer is no,there are two studies published this week to encourage more rest for your kids.
A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 69 percent of teens are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night when they should be getting at least nine. The study also noted that more girls are sleep deprived than boys.
If you have young children who average eight hours of sleep or less a night, researchers have found this may lead to higher blood sugar – a precursor to diabetes. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, reports the risk is even higher if your child is obese.
You can read more about sleep and the effects it has on your child from Children’s sleep specialist, Dennis Rosen, MD. He blogs on whether sleeping late will keep your child slim and if later bedtimes increase the risk for depression and suicide in teens.
Are your children getting enough sleep?