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Sleepwalking in Children

Somnambulism, better known as sleepwalking, is a disorder most frequently found in young adolescents. 

How can Parasomnias Affect your Child?

How can Parasomnias Affect your Child?

Growing children need more sleep as their bodies change and develop. However, getting enough rest can be a challenge if they experience disruptive sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, night terrors or sleep talking.

Nightmares are common among children

Nightmares are common among children

Nightmares and night terrors are fairly common in children, as their young minds try to decipher between what is real and what isn’t.

Sleep Disorders Impact a Child’s Mental Health

Do you suspect that your child has a sleep disorder? A new study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) found in a survey of nearly 1,000 toddlers that serious sleep disorders in young children can have long-term mental health effects

New Link Found to Decrease Infant Sleep Quality

Parents of infants may think they are soothing their child by allowing bed-sharing during infancy but there is new evidence it may harm your child in the long run. A study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics shows a link between bed-sharing and shorter sleep times and increased nighttime waking.

Your Teenager Needs More Sleep

Many parents and caregivers notice the teenage members of their family seem to need more sleep. In a new policy statement published at the end of August 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep, especially on school nights. Recent studies have revealed that only one in five teens get nine hours of sleep on school nights. 

Television Causes Sleep Loss in Children

Does your child have a television in her room? Have you considered allowing your son to have his own television? While it may be more convenient to have a television in your child’s room, even with parental controls the TV may be causing some serious issues. New research suggests that for every hour of television a child watches each day, they get seven fewer minutes of sleep. 

Tablets and Smartphones Cause Sleep Problems in Children

Devices like smart phones, tablets, and computers are a part of everyday life for both children and adults. It has become a part of life for young children to be exposed to screens with backlights on a regular basis. Before they are able to read, children know how to unlock smartphones and tablets to find applications with their games and then play the games. 

Sleeping More May Help Kids Fight Obesity

It is now believed that children can fight obesity with the proper amount of sleep. In a study conducted by a professor of public health at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), an increased amount of sleep meant less calorie consumption.  Although the decrease in caloric intake was an average of only 134 calories per day, this lowering of intake could have a significant lifetime impact.