How Good Sleep Helps Brain Development

Did you know that quality sleep is important to ensure good brain development in children? Presenting a detailed perspective on the subject with inputs from top NIMHANS experts.

By Amrita Gracias

As a parent, you may have been at the ‘receiving end’ of your toddler’s crankiness when he has not slept well. But, inadequate sleep carries bigger risks, especially as your child grows older. Poor health, depression and obesity are some of the obvious risks, but there is a hidden danger which many of us pay little attention to. A child’s brain development can get affected due to inadequate sleep. Yes, it can come as a surprise, but there is enough scientific evidence to show that improper sleep patterns in children can cause delays in cognitive development. As a result, a child may have problems with concentration, memory, spatial awareness, reading and math skills.

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