Late nights ‘sap children’s brain power’

first_imgBBC News 8 July 2013Late nights and lax bedtime routines can blunt young children’s minds, research suggests.The findings on sleep patterns and brain power come from a UK study of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds.Youngsters who had no regular bedtime or who went to bed later than 21:00 had lower scores for reading and maths.Lack of sleep may disrupt natural body rhythms and impair how well the brain learns new information say the study authors.They gathered data on the children at the ages of three, five and then seven to find out how well they were doing with their learning and whether this might be related to their sleeping habits.Erratic bedtimes were most common at the age of three, when around one in five of the children went to bed at varying times.By the age of seven, more than half the children had a regular bedtime of between 19:30 and 20:30.Overall, children who had never had regular bedtimes tended to fare worse than their peers in terms of test scores for reading, maths and spatial awareness.The impact was more obvious throughout early childhood in girls than in boys and appeared to be cumulative. read more

CONFIRMED: Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers bout rescheduled for May 16

first_imgThe much anticipated non titled cruiserweight boxing bout between Braimah Kamoko a.k.a Bukom Banku and Michael Okine popularly known as Ayittey Powers has been reschedule  to  May 16,  2014 at the Accra Sports Stadium, Asempa Sports Can confirm.The new date comes after when Ayittey Powers announced his decision to withdraw from the April 18 bout on spiritual grounds last Thursday. In an emergency stakeholders meeting, Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers on Tuesday afternoon have agreed to honour the bout on May 16 instead of the earlier proposed May 2 date by the camp of BankuIn an exclusive telephone conversation with the Public Relation officer of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Naa Darkoa Doodo revealed that both parties have agreed in principle but Ayittey Powers, still not convinced on the date and still  will like to do some spiritual consultation come next week.“Both parties have accepted the Friday , May, 16 2014 as the actually date for the much awaited bout but the comical thing is that Powers  has indicated that we should give him a week to think about it which the  GBA and other stakeholders disagreed.“But I can assure Ghanaian boxing fans that the said date will not be changed anymore”. Naa Darkoa Doodo addedlast_img read more