Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

sleeping boyDid you know that toddlers who sleep less may eat more? According to a study of families in Britain, younger children who sleep less than 10 hours consume more calories than the children who sleep more than 13 hours. One of the possible reasons for this tendency is the disruption of regulation in appetite hormone.  It is recommended that toddlers get 14 hours of sleep per day.

Sleep Tips for Toddlers:

  1. Keep  everything consistent, such as the daily sleep schedule, bedtime routine and bedroom environment.
  2. Encourage sleep by using objects, such as a stuffed animal.
  3. Limit the amount of food and drink (especially items with caffeine). Remember to check the label.
  4. Keep the environment quiet to ensure limited distractions

For more information on the study mentioned please click on this link.

Written by Woo Young Chun (AJ)

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