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Skip the weekend wake-up call

Before you rouse your child from his or her late weekend slumber, consider this: While not getting enough sleep has been linked to weight problems, researchers in Hong Kong found that kids who slept less than eight hours a night on weekdays but slept in on weekends and holidays weren’t overweight or obese. This study of more than 5,000 children is the first to show children who compensated for lost sleep on their days off were less likely to be overweight than their peers who didn’t sleep in. One caveat: Even if your night owl gets that extra sleep on weekends, insufficient sleep on other days can lead to drowsiness, academic difficulties and mood and behavioral problems. Ideally, kids should get at least nine-and-a-half hours of sleep a night.