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What’s Inside Your Child’s Sleep?

11 FEB 2016
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         Secret to Know…Sleeping ability effects child’s brain development
Sleep is a fundamental habit for growth and brain development as well as crucial nutrition, love and safety of your child. Some parents still don’t focus on your child’s sleeping ability enough despite it’s considered very important for proper growth and development.
 
You are absolutely not intend to leave your child lack of sleep but all-day working and kid’s activities perhaps make them sleep very late than it should be. The nap during the day while studying or late of sleep seems not a big deal but can lead to some domino problems.
         
What’s inside your child’s sleep?...Lack of sleep, less in brain’s connection
While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen.(1) These connections are made via the splenium which is part of the corpus callosum, a thick band of fibers in the brain that connects the left and right hemispheres and facilitates communication between the two sides.(2)
 
A study from October 2013 linked Albert Einstein’s genius to well-connected brain hemispheres. As the brain matures, the scaffolding built in childhood serves as an infrastructure to lay down more and more complex neural connections throughout a lifespan.(2)
 
Having these initial connections made during sleep—and through daily activity during childhood—is imperative to having high-speed communication between brain hemispheres as an adult. Having both sides of your brain symmetrical and well-connected is key to maximizing learning, memory, and creativity.(2)
 
Moreover, connections in the brain generally became stronger during sleep as the children aged. Such strengthen leads to the developmental skill of learning, memory, and creativity. Sleeping is thus necessary in child’s brain development.(2)
 
As newborn can’t produce essential amino acid, tryptophan (Trp) and its metabolites are essential to brain maturation and to the development of neurobehavioral regulations of food intake.(3)and of this, alpha-lactalbumin, a component of the lactase synthetase complex and high quality protein found in human breast milk, plays an important role.(4)
 
We all know how importance sleep is. However, scientific research helps remind us sleeping quality means child’s proper growth and brain development so it should be the first priority of your concern when talking about “sleep”.

 
 

Source:
(1) Salome Kurth, et al. Natural Science, Research. Nov. 20, 2013. University Of Colorado Boulder
(2) Christopher Bergland, The Athlete’s Way, Sleep Strengthens Healthy Brian Connectivity: Psychology Today Nov 21, 2013
(3) Heine WE. The significance of tryptophan in infant nutrition. In: Huether G, Kochen W, Simat TJ, Steinhart H, eds. Tryptophan, Serotonin, and Melatonim: Basic Aspects and Applications. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers; 1999:705-710. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; vol 467.
(4) Heine WE, Klein PD, Reeds PJ. The importance of Alpha-Lactalbumin in infant nutrition. J.Nutr. 1991;121:277-283
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