Sleep Deprived Kids Are Packing on The Pounds

In the 1953 Disney short How to Sleep, the ­ floppy-eared Goofy warned that people were finding it difficult to get enough shuteye because of “today’s mad pace”!

Now, more than 60 years later, those seem pretty peaceful times – no computers, smartphones or 1000-station HDTVs. And our sleep crisis has worsened, creating health hazards that Goofy could only dream about (if he could fall asleep). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is epidemic, and it has a particularly severe impact on kids.

sleep deprived | Longevity LiveIn this article Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen share their concern that sleep deprived kids are increasingly packing on the pounds.


In the US, about 70% of school-age kids get eight or fewer hours of sleep a night (they need several hours more!) and most pre-schoolers are getting less than the 11 to 13 hours a night they need. The result: kids pack on pounds!

Researchers think this sleep deprived fat-bump happens, because insufficient sleep causes hormone shifts that crank up insulin production, a sure‑ re pound-packer. Sleeplessness can also stimulate cravings for refined, carb-loaded foods.

Your kids end up with poor school performance, not to mention Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, sleep apnoea and low self-esteem. If you suspect your kid is sleep deprived, you might want to look out for these symptoms.

The solution?

Mom and dad! When parents create an orderly sleep pattern, starting with themselves, their kids get enough sleep, too, and everyone in the family is far less likely to be overweight or obese.

So try the sleep diet: create a bedtime routine that includes a calming bath; a no-TV, no-computer, no-game zone; reading a book in bed; and lights out at the same time every night.

Make yourselves the example, and the kids will follow your lead!

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