Wanna Sleep and Think Better? Eat Your Fish, Kids

Fagjun | Published 2017-12-29 05:50

Scientists have found that weekly meals of fish can help improve the quality of children’s sleep and boost their IQ as well.

Kids can reap long-term benefits from eating fish.

Kids can reap long-term benefits from eating fish.


Dementia cases are expected to rise in number in the future. This illness can be quite devastating, not just to the people that develop it but to the people close to them as well. Because of the prospect that dementia will become more common in the coming years, a lot of institutions and researchers are focusing their efforts in improving the health of our brains. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), for example, has doubled their investments in brain health.


Research has found that diet can have significant impact on cognitive development. There are studies that have found that eating fish once a week can improve the memory-related areas of the brain. Eating seafood has also been found to reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease.


Interestingly, the beneficial effects of fish can begin in childhood.

The Smart Benefits of Eating Fish

The food that kids consume can have an impact on their cognitive development.

The food that kids consume can have an impact on their cognitive development.


Parents might want to forego the warm milk they offer their kids before bedtime. A new study has found that regular fish consumption can improve sleep quality in children due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. In turn, the improved sleep quality led to higher IQ test scores.


“There’s a relationship between fish consumption and higher cognitive functioning,” says Adrian Raine, one of the researchers. “What what we document here is that it’s the better sleep that explains the relationship.”


541 schoolchildren in China between the ages nine and 11 participated in the study. The children were asked about their eating habits, specifically how often they ate fish. Their parents were asked about the children’s sleep patterns. When the children turned 12, they underwent an IQ test.


Researchers found that there are links between the consumption of fish and improved sleep quality as well as improved IQ. The main source of these benefits may be the omega-3 fatty acids found in many kinds of seafood. The three acids that the term refers to—alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—have also been found to benefit the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and immune system.

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