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Children and Sleep

Is It Time To Start School Later?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and emotional health, and their performance at school during the day.

Is This What's Wrecking Kids' Sleep?

Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Many American children aren't getting the sleep they need -- and most of them are sleeping with electronic devices, according to a new survey from the...

Regular Bedtimes for Children Aid Development

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Consistency is an important aspect of healthy sleep routines at all ages, helping to strengthen circadian rhythms and ensuring sufficient time for sleep. This study suggests that consistency during these early, developmental years is critical, and can have consequences that extend beyond early childhood.

Catherine Pearson

Why Kids' Bedtimes Matter So Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents

Parents have all heard, and personally experienced, how critical a good night's sleep is for their children. But new research suggests that the consis...

Is It Growing Pains Or Restless Legs Syndrome?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

In general, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is not described as a painful condition. Rather it is often referred to as a "creepy-crawly" sensation, achiness, "unscratchable itch," "unpleasant tickle," "feeling of unrest," or "ants in the pants."

What Sleep Taught Me About Parenting

Sarah Chang | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Sarah Chang

Four years later, I've adjusted to resting in short increments. I've also realized that parenting doesn't follow a formula, nor do my children. I've learned this from my little, and, more surprisingly, big one.

Is This the Reason You Can't Get Your Child to Sleep?

Dennis Rosen M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Dennis Rosen M.D.

Nearly half of American children have television sets in their bedrooms, raising the question: How did they get there in the first place?

Why Your Teen Refuses To Wake Up On Time

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Biological changes are an important part of the teen-sleep picture, but they don't tell the whole story. Combined with these biological shifts are environmental and lifestyle factors that also can interfere with teens' sleep.

Study Finds Kids Are Getting The Recommended Amount Of Sleep

Posted 11.27.2012 | Parents

By Kerry Grens (Reuters Health) - Children in the U.S. appear to be getting as much shut-eye as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

4 Back-to-School Brain Boosters

Marie Pasinski, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Pasinski, M.D.

Sleep is essential for students to achieve their academic potential. Not only does a good night sleep prepare us for an active day of learning, it is during sleep that memories are reinforced and learning is consolidated.

How To Help The Whole Family Get A Good Night's Sleep

Dennis Rosen M.D. | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Rosen M.D.

I was really pleased to read this study. Its findings confirm what I have repeatedly seen in my own practice (and family): kids are very adaptable, especially when it comes to how and where (and with whom) they fall and stay asleep.

Is SpongeBob To Blame For Kids' Sleep Problems?

Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents

As any parent knows, it's hard enough to get kids to go to sleep on a good night. Add digital distraction to the nighttime mix and you may be in for a...

Can This Serious Sleep Condition Affect Children, Too?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep-disordered breathing in children, no matter how mild it appears, should never be ignored. By addressing these issues before they become serious, we can help keep our kids sleeping well and growing well.

Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

This may not be a great confession to make as a pediatrician, but when it comes to sleep and kids, I am a total softie.

The Miracle of Getting Kids to Sleep

Mark Banschick, MD | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Mark Banschick, MD

From bed time stories to a warm glass of milk, it seems that restless children are as old as the monster under the bed. Why is it so hard to get kids to sleep?

The Sleep Diet?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

New findings provide more evidence to support the weight-control benefits of a full six to eight hours of nightly sleep.

How To Get Kids On A Back-To-School Sleep Schedule (Hint: Start Now)

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

he sooner you start this transition, the less "shock" affects you and your children will experience when it's time to wake up before sunrise again.

The Everyday Activity That's Robbing Children Of Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There's a lot of evidence that suggests media exposure can be detrimental to children and the quality of their sleep. This study provides some important details about how when, what, where and who is watching matters.

Marriage Problems for Parents, Sleep Problems for Baby

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.06.2011 | Women
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Here's some sobering, if unsurprising, news: A recent study indicates that strength of your marriage can have an effect on your baby's sleep. Research...

An Easy Trick For Better Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Your bedroom is more than just the room that happens to house your bed -- it is your personal environment for sleeping.

Want To Look Better? Get Your Beauty Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Better quantity and quality sleep is an attractive feature, in everyone. A new study showed that when given a choice, people thought individuals with more sleep looked attractive!

Is Your Baby's Sleep Normal?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It's the question every parent of a newborn gets. How well does he or she sleep at night? And every new parent asks the other, related question: When will my baby sleep through the night? Ever? (Never?)