Even newborns need to get a good night of sleep! Study finds that babies who sleep longer and wake up less often during the night are less likely be overweight.

  • Experts led from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied 300 newborn kids 
  • They monitored their sleep habits and body mass indexes for six months.
  • Overweight risk is reduced by 26 per cent by an hour’s extra sleep each night
  • The team believe regular sleep patterns help to mitigate against overeating

According to a study, newborns who are more rested at night and get up earlier are less likely than others to gain weight.

Experts from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital monitored the sleep habits and body mass indices of nearly 300 newborns.

The study shows that the relationship between maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough sleep — long established in adults — begins early in life.

Newborns who get more sleep overnight night — and wake up less frequently — are less likely to become overweight, a study has found

Newborns who get more sleep overnight night — and wake up less frequently — are less likely to become overweight, a study has found


The body mass index (BMI), which is a measure for body fat, is calculated based on your weight relative to your height. 

Standard Formula:

  • BMI = (weight x height x inches) x 703

Metric Formula

  • BMI = (weight in kilograms / (height in meters x height in meters))


  • Below 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9%Healthy
  • 25 – 29,9: Overweight
  • 30 or more: Obese 

Susan Redline, an epidemiologist and expert in sleep, and her colleagues carried out the study.

Dr. Redline.

“In this study, we found out that infants who slept less at night and woke up more often were more likely to become overweight within the first six months of their lives. 

For their research, the team conducted observations of a total of 298 newborns who were delivered at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 2016–2018.

Each baby was given a so-called ankle actigraphy watch, a device capable of picking up on patterns of activity and rest over the course of multiple days. 

Dr Redline and his colleagues analysed data for three nights at one and six months following birth.

They also included in the analysis sleep diaries that the parents kept, detailing their offspring’s waking episodes.

Additionally, the team calculated each child’s body mass index based their height and weight and determined which children were considered overweight.

The researchers found that getting just one additional hour's worth of sleep a night was associated with a 26 per cent decrease in the risk of an infant being overweight

Researchers found that an infant’s risk of being overweight by getting just one hour less sleep each night was reduced if they get at least one more hour of sleep.

Researchers found that infants who get just an hour more sleep per night have a 26 percent lower risk of becoming overweight.

Similar results were seen in infants who woke up earlier in the night. They also had a lower chance of excessive weight gain. 

According to the team, the exact cause of these correlations is unclear, but they believe that getting more sleep may promote routine feeding practices and self regulation — both factors that help to mitigate against overeating. 

Dr Redline said, “This study highlights the importance healthy sleep at all age.”

“Parents should consult with their paediatricians about the best practices to promote healthy sleeping habits, such as keeping consistent sleep times, providing a quiet place for sleeping, and avoiding putting bottles in their bed.

Researchers warned that African American people and families with lower socioeconomic statuses are underrepresented in the study cohort. They also suggested that confounding factors such as breastfeeding duration may be involved.

Now that the study is complete, the team plans to extend the study for a second year to study how sleep patterns can impact childhood growth over the first 2 years of life.

They also plan to test proposed interventions to promote healthier sleeping habits in young children.

The journal SLEEP published all findings.


Poor sleep can lead to worrying and worrying can lead to poor sleep, according to the mental-health charity Mind.

If it has a negative impact on a person’s daily life, a lack of shuteye is considered a problem.

They may feel anxious if they think they are unable to rationalize their thoughts because they don’t get enough sleep.

Insomnia is also linked to depression, psychosis, PTSD, and anxiety.

To help reduce the time spent in bed, a person can establish a routine that allows them to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.

Meditation, breathing exercises, soothing music, and visualising happy memories are some of the ways to calm your eyes. 

It can help you to fall asleep faster if you are tech-free for an hour before bed. 

If you have trouble falling asleep, a sleep diary can help you keep track of the hours you’ve spent asleep and the quality of your sleep on a scale 1 to 5. This can be useful to show your doctor.

You should also take note of how many times you wake up each night, if it is necessary to snooze, if you have nightmares or your general mood.

Sleep problems may be a sign or symptom of a more serious condition, such as pain.

Talking therapies can help you recognize and change unhelpful thought patterns that may affect your sleep.

You can take sleeping pills to help with short periods of insomnia.