Deep sleep is essential for boys and girls going through
This is according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, which found that
slow-wave sleep is directly involved with controlling the onset of
Many of the changes during this time period are triggered by
alterations in the brain, while the parts of the brain that control
puberty originally become active during sleep.
Harvard researcher Natalie Shaw, who led the investigation,
stated: "We need to be concerned that inadequate or disturbed sleep
in children and young adolescents
may interfere with normal pubertal maturation."
She added youngsters who suffer from sleep disorders could be
particularly at-risk and so this is something that a close eye
needs to be kept on.
Posted by Michael Ewing