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New research shows lack of sleep could impact children's brains

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 08:24:05-04

BALTIMORE — New research looks into the impact a lack of sleep has on your child's brain.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine says elementary-aged children who get less than nine hours of sleep per night have significant differences in their brain.

Researchers say the regions impacted the most are responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being. The study says those children should get a recommended 9-12 hours of sleep. Otherwise, they risk facing issues with anxiety, depression and impulsive behaviors.

More than 8,300 children ages 9-10 were enrolled in the study. There was a two-year follow-ip visit with the kids. Click here for more information about the study.