How Can Sleep Affect Weight?
New research suggests that not getting enough sleep may affect body weight. A lack of sleep may increase the risk of overweight, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Lack of sleep can change the hormones that control appetite. This may lead to people eating more food than they need. Often, the food choices made when we are tired are not healthy ones.
A good night’s sleep is important for everyone in your family. When your family gets enough sleep, you and your children are more likely to
- Have more energy during the day
- Do better in school
- Be more productive at work
- Be more physically and mentally active
Children who do not get enough sleep are usually less active when they are awake. This often results in more indoor, low-energy activities, such as watching TV and using computers. This may lead to children eating more, especially foods that are higher in calories, fat, and sugar.
If your child seems tired and grumpy and does not have enough energy for normal childhood activities, chances are they are not getting enough sleep. Take cues from your child seriously. If they seem tired, or hyperactive, they may need more sleep!