There is no scientific evidence to suggest that children who don’t get enough sleep don’t grow as much, but anecdotally “you do see children who are not good sleepers who don’t grow as quickly,” he says.
“The new study exemplifies the importance of sleep,” he says. “You need sleep to grow both physically and mentally.”
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Lampl, M. Sleep, May 1, 2011: pp 641-650.
Michelle Lampl, MD, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, department of anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta.