New studies report that children sleeping 9 hour and 45 minutes can significantly reduce their risk of obesity by the 6th grade. This is due to the many regenerative properties of sleep and dreaming. It's easy to understand as an adult how important sleep is for us. If we don't sleep sufficiently we tend to catch colds, have trouble thinking, have difficulty completing simple daily tasks. I remember many years ago having flown 5500 miles from San Francisco to Paris and getting little sleep how very odd and removed I felt walking through the streets of Paris in the early morning fog. That day was probably the most sleep deprived and jet lagged I'd ever been and I had many hours of wandering around Paris before I could check into my hotel and take a blessed nap. So I went to the Louvre Musee to enjoy the beautiful and historic masterpieces only to find that I had such difficulty concentrating on the stunning artwork that I eventually left with little gained or appreciated that day. Fortunately, sleep generally comes very easy to me. Both adults and children need to understand the obvious and critical importance of sleep.