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Sleep Children

  • Concerns Raised Over Teen “Junk Sleep”

    Sleep experts have coined a new phrase to describe a worrying trend among teens – the term is “junk sleep”, and it specifically refers to the fact that young people are not only not getting enough sleep, but that they sleep they are getting is of poor quality because of the presence of a bevy of electronic devices.

    According to a recent study by the Sleep Council, nearly one third of young people between the ages of 12 and 16 years old indicated that they are only getting between four and seven hours of sleep per night. This would be worrying in adults, but is of special concern for this age group, which health experts have indicated need almost nine hours of sleep per night in order to get the proper rest and opportunity for growth. The study included a poll of nearly 1,000 teens, and it revealed that in almost every case, their bedroom sleeping environment included computers, televisions, cell phones and musical devices. Continue reading

  • New Study Reveals Surprising Teen Sleep Deprivation Cause

    There has been a great deal of attention paid recently to the issue of teen sleep deprivation. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement urging schools to move their start time to a later point in the morning to allow for more sleep, and experts have pointed to everything from biological factors to increasing use of technology for the problem. But a new study has revealed that the blame for the problem may lie elsewhere. The research, which was published in this month’s issue of the journal Pediatrics, found that the sleep deprivation teens are experiencing is part of a trend that has developed over the past twenty years rather than a new development. Continue reading

  • How Sleep Can Improve Your Kids’ Grades

    Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that bedtime can be one of the most fraught and stressful times of the day. No matter how tired their bodies may be, kids resist the idea of going to sleep at their prescribed bedtime, as though they are afraid that they will miss out on something important. But a new study that is a result of a collaboration between researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal has provided a whole new justification for parents to provide to their children: the more quality sleep that they get, the better their grades are likely to be in their math and language classes. Continue reading

  • ADHD and Sleep Disorders

    For those parents who have children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the idea that their child may have an additional medical problem on top of their existing disorder may seem like too much to bear. But new studies have shown that children with ADHD are prone to sleepless nights spent tossing and turning, and this may be a sign that they are also suffering from a sleep disorder. Despite the challenges of dealing with yet another diagnosis, the presence of a sleep disorder may be a cause for hope for parents struggling with the challenges of ADHD, as many have found that treating and correcting sleep disorders may provide a lessening of some of ADHD’s symptoms. Continue reading

  • Miami Schools Consider Changing Teen School Schedules

    The city of Miami and the Miami-Dade public school system has been paying careful attention to the most recent data on the impact of sleep deprivation on high schoolers’ ability to learn, and as a result they may be changing their classroom hours. If they decide to pursue the course of action, the school district will become one of the pioneering few that have decided to allow science to trump tradition in determining when morning classes begin.

    The change may come as early as this September, and that’s not a moment too soon for students who are currently waking up as early as 5:00 a.m. in order to arrive at school on time for a 7:20 a.m. start.  The school district has only just begun investigating the possibility, and as a result rather than making a widely applied overhaul they may select just a few of their high schools to engage in a pilot program. The delay – or slow rollout – is not a result of anybody questioning the science behind the change … there is overwhelming evidence showing that the teen brain needs more sleep than the existing schedule allows for. The problem is with the impact that the change makes on a number of other areas of school life. Continue reading

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