THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Children tend to sleep less as they approach early adolescence, perhaps because of the pressures of homework and the presence of social media.
Now, new research suggests that loss of precious slumber is not inevitable.
The researchers found that a school-based program in mindfulness training — which involves being present in the moment, deep breathing and yoga movements — helped at-risk children not only curb that loss in sleep, but to gain more rest than they had before.
“There is a lot of evidence showing physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness practice and mind-body integration practices such as yoga and breath work,” said Christina Chick, a postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California. “It’s important that we were able to demonstrate that this particular program was beneficial to kids.”
The study focused on children who