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Sleep: The Most Important Family Value?

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:54:32 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(URBANA, Ill.) -- Here’s a family value most of us have never thought of: sleep.

Barbara Fiese, director of the University of Illinois’s Family Resiliency Center, goes as far to say that it’s among the most important family values, since good shuteye habits can help reduce the risk of childhood obesity.

According to Fiese, it’s really up to parents to set an example for their children, emphasizing that sleep is one of four protective routines in the proper rearing of youngsters. The others are family mealtime routines, limiting TV watching to less than two hours daily and not allowing a TV in a child’s bedroom.

Of the four routines, 10 hours or more sleep for preschool children per night was the most effective family value in helping to protect children against becoming obese or overweight.

Obviously, the more sleep children get, the more rest parents get. And on top of that, adults are also protecting themselves against becoming obese when they engage in normal sleep habits.

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