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Body Sleeps, but Your Child’s Brain Not

11 FEB 2016

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Is it true.. Sleep ability indicates your child’s intelligence?
Sleep, day and night time, indicates child’s intelligence and brain development?
 
Many parents still don’t know that child’s brain can be developed both in daytime and nighttime.
 
British Medical Journal reports that the Millennium Cohort study (MCS)(1)shows the consistent nature of bedtimes during early childhood is related to cognitive performance. Children with inconsistent bedtime have lower reading, maths and spatial scores. This may knock on the effects of slower development in a girl than a boy so sleep ability is a crucial part of brain development for children aged under 3.(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.(5)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.
 
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) Yvonne Kelly, et al. British Medical Journal. Time for bed: associations with cognitive performance in 7-year-old children: a longitudinal population-based study. J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2012-202024
(2) Emla Fitzsimons, et al. The Millennium Cohort Study. Institute Education, University of London. April 12, 2015
(3) Robert Rosenberg, Sleep and Childhood Brain Development: The Critical Link. Jul 9, 2013, Everyday Health
(4) Évelyne Touchette, et al. Journal Sleep, VOLUME 30, ISSUE 09, Associations Between Sleep Duration Patterns and Behavioral/Cognitive Functioning at School Entry. Sleep, 2007 Sep 1; 30(9): 1213-1219
(5) 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.
(6) Heine WE, Klein PD, Reeds PJ. The importance of Alpha-Lactalbumin in infant nutrition. J.Nutr. 1991;121:277-283
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