Insomnia Makes Children Prefer Snacking Than Eating

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The mother, what are the problems most commonly encountered while caring for the child? Definitely, besides poor feeding, children tend to be difficult to sleep and rest. In fact, in the growth of age, pre-school children are advised to sleep for 11 to 12 hours a day, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on a recent study, insomnia makes children prefer snacking rather than eat. These findings are correlated to those of you who might observe that the trend of a child whose insomnia would rather ask a snack or light meal rather than eating foods such as rice and side dishes.

The study published in the International Journal of Obesity has found that children aged five years who slept less than 11 hours will have a greater desire for snacking than those who slept longer. Or in other words, insomnia makes children prefer snacking rather than eat. Not surprisingly, children who slept less than 11 hours have a body mass index greater.

Laura McDonald, the leader of the study from University College London, said the study proves that lack of sleep increases the desire to eat.

“It requires significant attention. Moreover, we live in an environment “obesogenic” (an environment that causes obesity) where tasty, and high-calorie food is available everywhere and is very easy to be consumed,” she advised.

Research on insomnia makes children prefer snacking rather than eat involves 1008 children five years old, who was born in 2007 in England and Wales. The researchers also asked their mothers to answer a questionnaire about their response to food and their actions after full. The average sleep time of children in this study about 11.48 hours.

Another fact, children who slept less than 11 hours, the response of food about 2.53 of a scale of 1 to 5. The children who slept 11 to 12 hours, the response of 2.36 and who slept more than 12 hours response about 2.35.

“If the children sleep less, limiting exposure to food at home can help prevent excessive consumption,” said McDonald.

This study did not find a link between sleep duration with an increased desire to eat although already full. However, it is evident that children who insomnia tend to prefer snacking than a heavy meal.

Emerson Wickwire, Chairman of Insomnia Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said the study adds to the fact that lack of sleep triggers the risk of obesity. This study also shows the importance of sleep for children.

“We know that parents have a great influence on the sleep patterns of children aged five years. So, the obligation of parents to ensure their children get enough sleep,” said Wickwire.


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