Children who have the habit of getting up at night and getting into bed with their parents have better health and normal weight. This is evidenced by the results of the observation of Dr. Nanna Olsen from the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospitals.
Usually sleep disorders in adults are associated with obesity, as they affect the appetite hormones. At the same time, according to N. Olsen, the reverse mechanism may work for children.
A study of 497 children of 3-6 years old showed that babies, who had never left their beds during the night, were three times more likely to be overweight compared to those tots who slept with their parents.
Probably, lying down with their parents, children feel more protected, which has a positive effect on their condition. These findings were voiced at the European Congress on Obesity in Lyon.
“A child will gladly climb into the parent’s bed if he feels support or any positive psychological response from the parents. This will protect it from obesity.But, feeling rejected, he is unlikely to go to his parents, ”said Nanna Olsen.