Do kids do most of their growing when they are asleep?
Sleep is for more than just dreaming -- it's also essential for normal linear (height) growth, as well as for the growth and development of organs and tissues (heart, brain, muscles, etc.). Two major reasons account for this finding:
Many studies made in a variety of clinical settings have demonstrated that anything interfering with normal sleep patterns can negatively affect anyone's normal growth. Indeed, the fact that rapidly growing infants and children and infants require prolonged sleep times attests to the fact that growth does indeed happen during sleep.
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