BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Not enough sleep for preschoolers can cause too much eating.

A new University of Colorado Boulder study published in the Journal of Sleep Research shows preschoolers consume more calories when they don’t get enough sleep.

On average it amounts to 20 percent more calories and 25 percent more sugar.


The study shows sleep deprivation may be linked to obesity risk.

The children who participated in the study were each on one occasion deprived of roughly three hours of sleep, which included naptime, from their normal day.


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