Studies have pointed out that if teenagers stay up late for a long time, it may lead to damage to the white matter of the brain, causing behavioral and cognitive problems; the picture shows the situation.

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[Health Channel/Comprehensive Report] Many young people have often stayed up late since their adolescence; in this regard, Huang Xuan, a thoracic and intensive care specialist, explained that people's sleep patterns will change during adolescence. If they stay up late for a long time, it may cause brain damage. White matter is damaged, behavioral, cognitive and other problems occur, and it may also affect learning and cause mental diseases such as schizophrenia and autism.

Huang Xuan posted on the Facebook page "Dr. Ooi Hean Huang Xuan" that teenagers staying up late will lead to long-term sleep deprivation and are more prone to emotional and behavioral problems.

And if teenagers show rebellious behavior, it may also be caused by staying up late for a long time, which damages the white matter of the brain.

This shift in sleep patterns increases the risk of behavioral problems and delayed brain development later in adolescence.

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A research team from the University of Melbourne in Australia conducted a 7-year survey of more than 200 teenagers and found that teenagers who like to stay up late will have changes in their performance behavior and brain development in the future.

The researchers also found a correlation between staying up late and white matter in the brain. For example, teenagers who love to stay up late have less white matter in their brains than those who get up early.

In addition, if teens start staying up late around age 12 or 13, they are more likely to develop behavioral problems years later, including increased aggression, tendency to break rules, and antisocial behavior.

Huang Xuan added that the white matter tissue in the brain section is composed of a large amount of lipids, which appears pink and white under naked vision. The white matter controls the signals shared by neurons and coordinates the normal operation of brain regions.

When the age is about 20 years old, the white matter will gradually fully develop in different brain regions, and the timing and maturity of its growth will affect learning, self-control and mental diseases, such as schizophrenia, autism, pathological lying, etc.

Therefore, the "young and frivolous" of adolescents may also be a problem of underdeveloped or insufficient white matter.

A German study also found that the structure of the white matter of the brain was different between those who stayed up late and those who did not.

The British study further pointed out that the growth of the white matter of the brain is important for the development of cognitive ability, emotion and behavior. As long as there is a problem with the white cortex of the brain, it will affect the behavior of later life (from adolescents to young adults).

American studies mentioned that long-term staying up late for teenagers will lead to lack of sleep. At the same time, long-term poor sleep quality may affect future emotional problems, interpersonal relationships, lack of cognitive memory, and seriously lead to abnormal behavior.

Huang Xuan reminded that in early adolescence, attention should be paid to children's sleep habits and not to develop the habit of staying up late, which is very important to support their emotional and behavioral health in later life.

He also mentioned that staying up late will not be fatal immediately, but in the long run, work performance may be reduced, and the ability to work may be lost, while the white matter of the brain is damaged and degraded.

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