July 30, 2022 (TVC network) — A new study has found that lack of sleep can have a detrimental impact on children’s brain development and lead to cognitive difficulties later on. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health on Saturday, involved 8,300 children aged 9 to 10. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine reviewed the participants’ MRI images, their medical records, conducted surveys and followed up the children two years later. About half of the children in the study cohort, according to the study, got enough sleep while the other half didn’t get enough sleep. brain development, such as gender, puberty status, physical health indicators, and socio-economic status.” We have tried to match the two groups as closely as possible to help us understand mor. the long-term impact of a lack of sleep on the brains of tweens,” study author Ze Wang said in a press release. The researchers found that children with insufficient sleep had poorer development of parts of the brain responsible for memory and intelligence. These differences in brain development are also correlated with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and impulsive behaviors, the researchers said. “We found that children who had insufficient sleep, less than nine hours a night, at the start of the study had less gray matter or smaller volume in certain areas of the brain responsible for attention, memory and inhibition control compared to those with healthy sleep patterns,” Wang said in the statement. “These differences persisted after two years, a worrying finding that suggests long-term harm for those who don’t get enough sleep.” But in follow-up assessments, the researchers also found which children got enough sleep. ep gradually started to sleep less. According to the study, there were few changes in sleep patterns in the insufficient sleep group. of age. The researchers say this is the first study to examine the long-term impacts of lack of sleep on children’s neurocognitive development. The authors say the findings “highlight the critical need for early intervention” when it comes to ensuring children get enough sleep to facilitate healthy brain development. “Further studies are needed to confirm our finding and see if interventions can improve sleep patterns and reverse neurological deficits,” Wang noted.