Poor sleep quality is a factor in the increasing rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. That’s according to a recent study presented at a special conference on obesity and cancer by the American Association for Cancer Research.
And with it being the time of year for students to return to school, the Mayo Clinic is releasing tips for childrens “Sleep Hygience.”
Experts say it is important to have a fixed morning wake up time. If teens have to wake up by 6 or 6:30 in the morning on school days, don’t let them sleep in until noon on weekends. Young children need about 9 1/2 hours of sleep while teens need about 7 to 8.
The Mayo Clinic also suggest to avoid napping duringing the day. They say, When kids, especially teens, nap during the day, they’re borrowing from night sleep and may experience difficulty staying asleep at night.
Another tip is to get your teens exercising. Experts say It improves daytime cardiovascular function, raises body temperature and improves the sense of well-being that children need. It also makes them more ready to fall asleep at night. However, exercise should be avoided in the two to three hours before bedtime