Scientists have long recognized that getting enough sleep during childhood can benefit developing brains. However, the underlying brain mechanisms are not well understood. And although experts say that children ages 6 to 12 should get at least nine hours of sleep each day, it’s been unclear how less sleep might affect a child’s brain.
To get some answers, a research team led by Dr. Ze Wang of the University of Maryland and supported by NCATS’ CTSA Program set out to see how lack of sleep affects brain structure and other outcomes. Learn more about their research in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.