Most parents don’t need a scientist to tell us that if our kids (and we) don’t get enough sleep, life can sometimes get ugly. But if having a little research to back us up can be reassuring, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics will help.
The study found that kids who slept less than 7 hours per night were more sleepy the next day (doh!), did worse on tests in school, and had more behavior problems. A different study also found a connection between lack of sleep and obesity, which makes getting enough sleep as important to children’s wellbeing as eating right and exercising.