Martial arts could help children sleep better

May 22, 2014

Children who are overweight are more likely to have poor sleep patterns.

The number of overweight children in the U.S. is growing significantly. In fact, more than one-third of kids and teenagers are considered overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise in childhood obesity stems from kids leading a more sedentary lifestyle than previous generations.

There are many complications with obesity, such as trouble sleeping, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reported. This may include frequent awakening throughout the night, difficulty falling asleep, feeling groggy during the day or talking during sleep.

A recent study conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children supported obesity’s relationship to sleep disturbance, according to Fox News. Researchers looked at the effect of sleep on children from 6 months to 7 years old. They measured kids’ physical health and gave children sleep scores as well. The research confirmed that children who don’t sleep as well show signs of obesity.

Obesity in children can be attributed to poor eating habits and lack of exercise, among other risk factors. By exercising, children can avoid obesity and, therefore, establish better sleep patterns. Martial arts is a great physical activity to get kids moving, leading a healthier lifestyle and sleeping better.