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5 Sept 2013 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 status linked to sleep quality in school children: New data

By Nathan Gray

Consumption of omega-3 from food or supplements could help to improve sleep quality in children according to new data presented at event.

The preliminary data from the Oxford University DOLAB study first used epidemiological data to assess a possible link between blood omega-3 status, behaviour, and sleep quality.

Speaking at the food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research) symposium held in London (4 Sept 13) to discuss the wider findings and implications of the DOLAB study, Professor Paul Montgomery from the University of Oxford revealed new preliminary data from the study that links omega-3 to sleep quality and disorders in children.

The DOLAB research project involved both wider population data to look for associations in addition to RCT data on supplementation outcomes.  Findings from both arms of the study have shown that omega-3 - and particularly decosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - is associated with sleepquality in children, said the expert.