NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fish oil helps children sleep deeply and reduces the number of times they wake up at night, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Oxford.
The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which contain fish oil, increase the ability of children to sleep and increase the number of hours they sleep, especially in children with insomnia and sleep disorders, according to the British newspaper Daily Mail .
The researchers subjected 352 children, ages 7 to 12 years of sleep deprivation, to a series of studies after a group of them were asked to take fish oil capsules over a period of 4 months. A bracelet around 43 children’s wrist was pulled out to watch their movement in bed during sleep .
The results showed that children who received a daily ration of omega-3 fatty acids slept for about 58 minutes longer than untreated children. The number of nighttime wakes decreased significantly, reaching 7 times less than before. .
A previous study by the same team confirmed that there was a link between children’s ability to concentrate in school and the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood.
Professor Paul Montgomery pointed out that the low level of one of the types of omega-3 fatty acids, called DHA, is associated with a decrease in levels of melatonin, which is responsible for the organization of sleep schedules in humans.