Poor sleep in childhood linked to 'bad' cholesterol

04 July 2018

Good sleepers in childhood may be healthier adults, according to University of Helsinki research that looked at the effects of different sleep patterns on the health of 1049 adolescents.

Doctoral student Liisa Kuula-Paavola found the less hours slept and the more irregular the sleep patterns in middle childhood, the more likely it was for an individual to have more ‘bad’ cholesterol and less ‘good’ cholesterol once they reached their teenage years – especially for girls.

Her research also found that lack of sleep was associated with impulse control in boys in early adolescence. ‘Based on our findings… it is possible that insufficient sleep has an adverse effect on self-control, which reflects on choices a person makes when awake,’ she added.

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