Children who have disturbed sleep, get up at night and sleep with their parents are less likely to become overweight, a new study has revealed.
It was earlier thought that disturbed sleep is associated with obesity as it interferes with hunger hormones. However, research conducted in Denmark suggested the opposite may be true for kids.
497 Danish children between the ages of two and six who always stayed in their own beds were three times overweight than children who got into bed with their parents every night, the Telegraph reported. Dr Nanna Olsen, at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, Institute of Preventive Medicine, at Copenhagen University Hospitals said it might be because these children have a greater sense of security by cuddling up to their parents.
“The results may suggest that elements of parental social support or other types of positive psychosocial responses if being allowed to enter parents’ bed during night may protect.phpagainst overweight, whereas types of negative psychosocial responses such as feelings of rejection when not being allowed to enter parents’ bed may lead to overweight,” Dr Olsen said.