The University of Arizona will track sleep development of two groups of infants to see if sleep quality is predictive of cognitive development later, according to News 4 Tucson.

“A lot of people think that sleep sort of just impacts daytime function,” said UA assistant professor of psychology Jamie Edgin. “If you don’t sleep well, you might not do as well during the day. You might be a little grouchy, but we know from cognitive neuroscience research that it might actually be an important state for setting up brain development.”

The study funded through the Grand Challenges Exploration is currently enrolling babies between the ages of 6-months-old to 24-months-old.

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