According to a study by scientists from the University of Maryland, poor sleep in children is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety and impulsive behavior. work published In The Lancet Child and Youth Health.
Primary school children who sleep less than nine hours a night show significant differences in certain areas of the brain responsible for memory, intelligence, and well-being compared to those who sleep between nine and 12 hours a night.
Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 8,300 children aged 9-10 who were included in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. They reviewed MRI data, medical records, and questionnaires completed by participants and their parents during enrollment. The volunteers were followed for the next two years.
“We found that children who don’t get enough sleep have less gray matter at baseline, in areas of the brain responsible for attention, memory and emotion control, compared to those with healthy sleep,” said study author Ze Wang.
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