Deep Sleep induces Onset of Puberty

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 15, 2012

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Deep Sleep induces Onset of Puberty

A new Harvard study has claimed that deep sleep can trigger the onset of puberty in children.

Previous studies claimed that puberty-controlling parts of the body start functioning during sleep, but the latest study has claimed that it is the state of deep sleep that does the task. Deep sleep efficiently activates the parts of the brain that control the onset of puberty and many other hormonal changes in adolescents that occur during this phase. The researchers said that it’s extremely significant for adolescent kids to get adequate amount of sleep every night.


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Lead researcher of the study, Natalie Shaw, said that if deep sleep can activate the reproductive system, then disturbed sleep or sleep disorders can possibly interfere with adolescents’ natural pubertal maturation.


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The study examined the pulses of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion as per the specific sleep stages of children aged between 9-15 years.

The study will be published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


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