Thursday, July 23, 2009

Physical Activity In Children Improves Their Sleeping Patterns

“A research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood reports that every hour of the day children are inactive adds three minutes to the time it takes them to fall asleep. The study indicates that children who fall asleep faster also sleep for longer. Although, it appears one is not the direct consequence of the other. Research shows that approximately 16 percent of parents of school aged children report that their child finds it difficult to get to sleep. There is a connection between poor sleeping patterns in children and inferior school performance. It is also linked to an increased risk of overweight and obesity. The authors comment these findings will validate what many parents already believe: that tiring out a child with plenty of physical activity will increase the likelihood that she or he will sleep well. They write in conclusion: ‘This study emphasizes the importance of physical activity for children, not only for fitness, cardiovascular health and weight control, but also for sleep.’”

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