Starved Kids: the Dangers of Catching Too Few Winks

February 13, 2015 4:33 PM

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, making people more susceptible to chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, hypertension and obesity, in addition to cancer and an increased risk of death. And while an estimated 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from a sleep disorder, a 2014 poll from the National Sleep Foundation revealed that many kids themselves aren’t getting the shuteye they need.

The consequences of insufficient sleep can be just as damaging to children as to adults, setting the stage for little ones to pack on pounds, develop high blood pressure and prediabetes, and experience lower pain tolerance and immune system function. And the harmful effects don’t end there.

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