New study suggests link between later bedtime and obesity

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LINCOLN, Neb. We're just a few weeks into the school year and chances are, some kids may still be adjusting to their sleep schedule.

It's sleep that helps them perform in the classroom, so how can parents help their children get more of it?

Scientists have long known that kids who don't get enough sleep may have other health issues.

A new study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that having a late bedtime is linked to a greater obesity risk later in life.
An early bedtime may be better for your child and more sleep keeps them healthy.

Harriet Hiscock, Associate Professor at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, recommends that roughly, infants should sleep by 7 p.m, toddlers by 7:30, young children by 8 p.m., preteens by 8:30 and teens between 9 and 10:30 p.m.

Reut Gruber, a researcher at McGill University in Canada and Director of the Attention, Behavior and Sleep Lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute has some bedtime advice for parents.

She recommends parents should set a bedtime based on how much sleep their child needs and be consistent with that time, even on weekends.

Also, she says parent's shouldn't negotiate bedtime with their children and parents should always set up a nightly bedtime routine that includes taking away electronics.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine released updated sleep guideline for children in June.

Here's their recommendations:
Babies 4 months to 12 months should get 12 to 16 hours
Children 1 to 2 years old should get 11 to 14 hours
Children 3 to 5 years old should get 10 to 13 hours
Children 6 to 12 years old should get 9 to 12 hours
Teenagers 13 to 18 years old should get 8 to 10 hours

You can find a link to the most recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics above.