According to a new study conducted by the UCL researchers it was discovered that the young children who sleep less or have short sleeps eats more that can in turn lead to obesity and other related health problems later in their life. The researchers found that the 16 month-old kids who sleep less than 10 hours each day have on average 105kcal more per day than the kids who sleep properly. This may lead to obesity in them in future. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity.
The researcher, Dr Abi Fisher of the Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL explains “We know that shorter sleep in early life increases the risk of obesity, so we wanted to understand whether shorter sleeping children consume more calories. Previous studies in adults and older children have shown that sleep loss causes people to eat more, but in early life parents make most of the decisions about when and how much their children eat, so young children cannot be assumed to show the same patterns.