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Can more sleep reduce impulsive behaviour in kids? Check out what study says

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University of Georgia Youth Development Institute researchers revealed a robust link between sleep deprivation and longer sleep latency and later-life impulsivity. Sleep and neuronal hyperconnectivity mediated these actions…

A new study found that sleep, which is essential for a child’s health, may affect their behavior.

The Youth Development Institute at the University of Georgia in the US found that good sleep helps reduce stress in children.

“Stressful environments make adolescents seek immediate rewards rather than delayed rewards, but there are also non-impulsive adolescents in stressful environments,” said study lead author Linhao Zhang, a fourth-year UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences doctoral student.

“We examined their relationship and individual variances. Sleep helped us identify “Zhang continued.

Researchers found a robust link between impulsive conduct in later life and sleep deprivation and latency in 11,858 9- and 10-year-olds.

Impulsive behaviors and sleep difficulties including latency were assessed over two years.

Children who slept less than nine hours each night or took more than 30 minutes to fall asleep later in life were impulsive.

These were impatience, lack of strategy, and seeking thrills.

Sleep mediated these behaviors, and impulsivity was less likely to occur in the future if sleep troubles weren’t present throughout the experiment.

Zhang also noted that neurological hyperconnectivity kept adolescents’ brains extremely busy even when they weren’t doing anything.

The default mode network, which controls goal-directed behavior, was studied.

Hyperactivity in this network during rest may worsen the relationship between stress, sleep, and impulsivity.

Zhang wants to study this link in ADHD studies.

The findings demonstrate the importance of sleep for cognitive and behavioral development and may assist develop low-cost interventions for youngsters under home strain.


A research from the Youth Development Institute at the University of Georgia concluded that sleep is important for children’s health and behavior. Impulsive conduct in later life was strongly linked to sleep deprivation and latency. The research of 11,858 9-10-year-olds indicated that impulsive behavior was associated with sleeping fewer than nine hours each night or taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep. Sleep was found to mediate these behaviors, and impulsivity was less likely to occur in the future without sleep disorders. Neurological hyperconnectivity, which keeps teenagers’ brains engaged even when they’re not, was also identified. The study’s findings may assist build low-cost home pressure therapy for youngsters.

Taushif Patel
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