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Less Sleep = Fatter Kids

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More sleep may lower children's risk of becoming obese.


There's a good chance your kid is not getting enough sleep. The November issue of Pediatrics tells us that third graders need at least nine hours and 45 minutes of sleep per night. We're already fans of our kids hitting the sack since that gives us some time to relax but there's actually an added incentive: The report says that each hour of sleep beyond the recommended amount reduces a kid's chance of being obese in sixth grade by a whopping 40 percent.

Earlier bedtimes? We're so there. Experts recommend restricting caffeine and limiting TV time before bed (yes, yes, we know) but those tips don't always work. What's your secret for getting the kids in bed at a decent hour?  Tell us in the Mom•Logic Community. 

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