Nothing Sweet About It – Teens Who Lack Sleep Eat More Junk
It's Not How Much, But What Kids Eat
Sleep is important for all of us but particularly for teens. My daughter Kate "the Gator" Ettl is thirteen and if left to her own devices, she would stay up all night -on her devices! Not good Gator!
Brigham Young University researchers found that lack of sleep in teens is linked to many issues, including increased risk of weight gain and other cardiometabolic diseases because teens (who don't always eat the best) have even worse dietary habits when they sleep less.
Too Little Sleep Is A Big Problem
Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 73% of high school students are getting less than the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night.
Researchers say teens who slept six-and-a-half hours each night (short sleep) consumed more foods that were likely to spike blood sugar fast (like foods high in carbs and added sugar, or sugary drinks), compared to teens who slept nine-and-a-half hours each night (healthy sleep.) I
It turns out getting less sleep didn’t cause teens to eat more than their healthy sleeping peers, with both groups eating about the same amounts of calories but the light sleepers ate a lot more "Junk food."
How Sweet It ...Isn't
The research found "that teens in short sleep consumed 12 extra grams of sugar each day. With most teenagers not getting sufficient sleep during the 180 nights of a school year, an extra 12 grams of added sugar each day could result in over 4.5 pounds of extra sugar each year."
Over time all that sugar adds pounds and health risks. Check out details in an article called: 10 Ways Eating Sugar Poses Danger to Your Health
The scientists conclude that “Sleep health should be incorporated into all prevention and intervention modules for child obesity.”