Sleep lessons halve obesity rate in babies – study Sleep lessons halve obesity rate in babies – study
Teaching parents how to improve their baby’s sleep appears to roughly halve the rate of childhood obesity, but the authors of a new University... Sleep lessons halve obesity rate in babies – study
Teaching parents how to improve their baby’s sleep appears to roughly halve the rate of childhood obesity, but the authors of a new University of Otago study are not sure why, because the lessons did not improve sleep duration or quality.Study co-leader Prof Barry Taylor said the sleep lessons appeared to have cut the obesity rate by 50%.



”One of the … things about the study is it did seem to approximately halve the rate of obesity, but we don’t quite know exactly how.”Parents were told not to sing to babies or carry them around when trying to get them to sleep. They were told to put them down in a quiet, reasonably dark place.”What you are trying to do is to teach them to self-regulate, to teach them how to go to sleep by themselves,” Prof Taylor said.

That meant the babies learned to recognise when they needed sleep.

It was possible the self-regulation inherent in learning to sleep without parental stimulation meant infants were less likely to overeat.

”We think it works through some kind of subtle parenting change … in the end we actually want babies and young children to listen to their body and eat when they’re hungry.”

Sleep lessons made no difference to the duration or quality of the sleep.

The study involved 802 Dunedin families split into groups that received different levels of help and advice.

One group received additional support around food, exercise, and breast-feeding; another group received the sleep programme, and some families received all the interventions.

The extra advice on food, activity, and breast-feeding resulted in no change in obesity levels, which surprised the researchers.



Prof Taylor is a paediatrician at the Dunedin School of Medicine.

The study co-leader was Prof Rachael Taylor, the director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity research centre.

Families in the sleep group had one class before the baby was born, and a personal visit from a sleep nurse when their baby was three weeks old.

Some families requested extra help if their baby still had difficulties sleeping after six months of age.

The two-year Prevention of Obesity in Infancy study has been published in the journal Pediatrics.

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  • Melissa bright

    2017-03-08 #1 Author

    Wow this is some really good information! I would definitely be trying this. My son is 6 months old and I’m going to try to let him start trying to fall asleep on his on just to see how this worked out

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  • Dumisani

    2017-03-08 #2 Author

    We been trying to teach our to sleep on her own but it’s a big struggle she has to breastfeed until she sleeps or be hold..

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    • Arwa

      2017-03-08 #3 Author

      Great topic i loved it

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  • Darline

    2017-03-08 #4 Author

    This is some really gud info I have twin boys jst turn 1year old and two oldest 8 and 5 and I never did that to them, I m definitely gona try that

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  • Melissa Alexander

    2017-03-08 #5 Author

    My baby sleeps wondetful

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  • Arwa

    2017-03-08 #6 Author

    Great topic i loved it

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  • Brien golden

    2017-03-08 #7 Author

    Wow this is some really good information! I would definitely be trying this.

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  • Kenyatta

    2017-03-08 #8 Author

    I’m glad my baby has slept by himself since a newborn with no problem. But i hope he starts falling asleep on his own instead of having to be held then put down

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  • Trey Gotti

    2017-03-08 #9 Author

    Wow this is very helpful information.im glad I took time out to read this

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  • mya

    2017-03-09 #10 Author

    So amazing. This article really is helpful

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  • Zykeria

    2017-03-09 #11 Author

    This information is very helpful

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  • Melicia

    2017-03-09 #12 Author

    Wow, my daughter is just turn a month and she can’t sleep without having her bottle. Even if she doesn’t drink any.

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  • Faith omoregbee

    2017-03-09 #13 Author

    This is great I just had my baby 3 days ago and this has come in good time for me and I’m definitely going along with it thank you so much for sharing this.

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  • Nelashia

    2017-03-09 #14 Author

    This is a wonderful tip for first time mothers.

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  • Malayka Tatyana

    2017-03-10 #15 Author

    Wow now I know, I usually rock &’ bounce my baby to sleep because he like to be held. I’ll have to try it this way .

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    • Sakinah

      2017-03-12 #16 Author

      So helpful , this is perfect information I will definitely be trying this!

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  • Jekevia Flonury

    2017-03-10 #17 Author

    I recently had a baby. My son’s pedestrian recommended that we let him fall asleep on his own. Because he is a newborn, it is harder because he wants to be held while going to sleep. Very good information though

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  • Zion

    2017-03-10 #18 Author

    My two month old son wants to be held while he’s sleeping. He don’t really wake up through the night anymore maybe once or twice

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  • Justice

    2017-03-10 #19 Author

    Thank u for the info I have a 5 month old

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  • Delores Brewer

    2017-03-10 #20 Author

    Beautiful website

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  • Dimond

    2017-03-10 #21 Author

    My daughter can only sleep wen i hold her in my arms or lay her on my chest so im most definitely going to use this sleeping method for her 💕

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  • Tiekayjah

    2017-03-11 #22 Author

    Wow this is great information b hi. Wonderful information.

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  • Tykarri skillon

    2017-03-11 #23 Author

    I’m glad i looked at this this is so helpful with my children because I can not get my daughter to go to sleep without being rocked and sometimes I be busy

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  • Chanelle

    2017-03-11 #24 Author

    Useful Information… Going to try this tonight

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  • Gloris

    2017-03-12 #25 Author

    Im going to try this starting tonight! Very informational article.

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  • Shavonna Bland

    2017-03-12 #26 Author

    This is some useful information and I’m going to try it asap

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  • Kelsey Heard

    2017-03-12 #27 Author

    Thanks for this info, very helpful!!!

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  • Sakinah

    2017-03-12 #28 Author

    Great topic i love this ! I will definitely be trying this… thank you!

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  • Jiniece

    2017-03-12 #29 Author

    My baby doesn’t sleep by his self so hopefully that will change.

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  • Jamia

    2017-03-12 #30 Author

    Great info! Def going to try

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  • Bre

    2017-03-13 #31 Author

    Very useful information

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  • Shay baston

    2017-03-13 #32 Author

    This is so helpful been doing it for about a week now

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  • Valencia Holloway

    2017-03-13 #33 Author

    Wow I will definitely be trying this. Just had a newborn this is great

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  • Lakayla

    2017-03-14 #34 Author

    Very interesting

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  • Monica

    2017-04-03 #35 Author

    Thanks for this helpful info really useful!!

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