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Health check: Sleep's affect on diabetes markers

Tired schoolboy sleeping on book

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Sleep is really important to your child's health -- and a new study points to the consequences of not getting enough z's.

Children who don't get enough sleep at night are at higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers observed self-reported sleep times, then took body measurements and blood samples in over 45-hundred children aged 9 and 10 in Britain.

Children who slept one hour longer per night had a lower body mass index, lower insulin resistance, and lower fasting glucose.

While the study did not follow the participants long enough to see if they actually developed diabetes, the markers were there.

The researchers suggest that increasing sleep duration by even half an hour could help.

Doctors recommend 11 to 14 hours of sleep a night for children ages one to two... and 10 to 13 hours of sleep for ages three through five. For school-aged children, it's nine to 12 hours of sleep a night ... eight to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.

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