What if helping our little ones get more sleep were as simple as adding a daily fish oil supplement to their diet? Scientists at Oxford University examined the effects of Omega-3 DHA supplementation on more than 350 children ages 7 to 9, about 40 percent of whom experienced regular sleep disturbances. Study results revealed that the kids who received the Omega-3 as opposed to a placebo slept about an hour longer each night and had fewer waking episodes.
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a beneficial Omega-3 fatty acid found abundantly in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna. An Omega-3 DHA supplement may also help kids get more of this healthy fat in their diet.* According to co-investigator Dr. Alex Richardson, “…this randomized controlled trial does suggest that children’s sleep can be improved by DHA supplements and indicates yet another benefit of higher levels of Omega-3 in the diet.”