Kids and adults need lots of sleep


Jessica Auton

Are you getting a good night sleep? Getting enough sleep helps you maintain a healthier weight, as you tend to consume more calories when you are tired  and typically you snack and pick more often in the evenings as a result. These extra calories do not have a chance to be burned off and are stored as fat overnight. Does this sound like you?
In a recent study carried out among a group of children whose sleep, BMI, total fat mass, and fat mass distribution were all measured, it was found that chronic sleep curtailment from infancy to the age of seven years was associated with higher overall fat stored around the tummy in mid-childhood.
Babies, children and teenagers should ideally get at least 8-10 hours sleep a night. Adults should aim for an average 6-8 hours. If you are not getting that sleep time what small changes could you make to get closer to the average?