25 May 2021

Children sleeping in cold rooms have worse physical and mental health - researcher

From Morning Report, 8:45 am on 25 May 2021

A study of more than 2000 eight year-olds has found nearly half are sleeping in bedrooms that are too cold.

The world-first research was a joint project between the building researchers BRANZ and the University of Auckland longitudinal study, Growing Up in New Zealand.

It got eight year-olds acting as " at-home scientists" to spend two days collecting temperature and humidity information at home and school.

Growing Up in New Zealand spokesperson Professor Susan Morton says the research is ground-breaking.

She spoke to Susie Ferguson.