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Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon

Posted 16 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Many parents swear their children's behavior changes when the moon is full, but new research suggests otherwise. "Our study provides compelling evidence that the moon does not seem to influence people's behavior," said Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, from the Eastern Ontario Research Institute, in Canada. To investigate possible effects of lunar cycles on human behavior, the researchers focused on those most vulnerable to changes in behavior and sleep habits: children. In all, the study involved more than 5,800 kids from five continents. "We considered that performing this research on children would be particularly more relevant because they are more amenable to behavior changes than adults and their sleep needs are greater than adults," said Chaput. The children were from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The researchers considered their age, ... Read more

Related support groups: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Nightmares, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Night Terrors, Executive Function Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask

Posted 3 May 2016 by

-- Bright light can interrupt sleep quickly, so many people use a sleep mask. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to choose the right one: Consider whether you need a sleep mask that provides total blackout, or one that provides darker conditions in a room that's already fairly dark. Look for a mask that fits across the bridge of the nose. Invest in a quality mask with a nose flap to help block more light and provide a better fit. Opt for a mask with cavities that alleviate pressure around your eyes. Find the right fabric that feels comfortable, is easy to wash and doesn't trigger allergies. Read more

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Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Posted 3 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – People with long-term sleep troubles should turn to a form of psychotherapy to reboot normal sleeping patterns before trying sleeping pills, the American College of Physicians recommends. Specifically, people with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the experts said. This treatment combines talk therapy, behavioral interventions and education. If CBT doesn't work, patients and their doctors should then decide together whether to add drug therapy, the new guidelines said. "We know chronic insomnia is a real problem that patients present within our [doctors'] offices," said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). "We want to get away from the overtendency to prescribe sleep medications, and clearly CBT can be a very nice tool in the toolkit." Up to 10 percent of adults are affected by insomnia, defined as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by

-- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Quickly go to your child's room and offer reassurance that you are there for protection. Talk to your child about what happened during the dream, but explain that dreams are not real. Leave a light on in your child's room if it provides comfort, but help your child get back to sleep. If possible, eliminate anything in the room that your child finds frightening, such as something that casts a shadow. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Night Terrors, Hypersomnia

Good Sleep Habits Ready Kids for School Success

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – Children who have good sleep habits by age 5 do better at school, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the sleep behavior of nearly 2,900 children in Australia from birth until they were 6 or 7. They found that one-third had mounting sleep problems in their first five years that put them at added risk for attention disorders and emotional and behavioral problems in school. "We now know 70 per cent of children are regulating their own sleep by five years, but for the remaining third it may be detrimental to them developmentally over time," researcher Kate Williams said in a Queensland University of Technology news release. Williams is on the faculty in its School of Early Childhood. "The overwhelming finding is it's vital to get children's sleep behaviors right by the time they turn five," she added. The study was published recently in the British Journal of ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Night Terrors, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated

Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 20, 2015 – Changes in routine can shortchange children's sleep during the holidays, so a sleep medicine expert offers some advice for parents. Keep your youngsters' sleep times consistent, said Jodi Mindell, a clinical psychologist at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. "As much as possible, be sure to stick to your child's usual sleep schedule – both bedtime and nap times," she said in a university news release. "Of course, there will be exceptions, such as for family holiday gatherings, but try not to make the exception more than one or two nights in a row. If there are too many days of being off schedule, you can expect meltdowns," Mindell added. It's also important to maintain normal bedtime routines. "If every night is usually a bath and a story in bed, then do a bath and a story in bed, even on holiday nights," Mindell said. "Skimping on the bedtime routine ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Night Terrors, Hypersomnia

Help Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – School-age children need adequate sleep for peak performance. "Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development," said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician with Georgia Regents University Health System in Augusta. "A child's body and brain are busy during slumber preparing for another day of tasks and growth, so it's essential that children get the proper amount of sleep," he said in a university news release. School-age children should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. One way to help kids get enough sleep is to set a regular bedtime schedule and stick with it, even on weekends. It's also important to create a 15- to 30-minute bedtime routine to help children get ready for sleep. This might include taking a bath, dressing for bed, brushing teeth, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Night Terrors, Hypersomnia

Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 12 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. Insomnia was the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia was diagnosed in nearly 17 percent of the children at age 4 and in 43 percent of them at age 6. Insomnia increased the risk ... Read more

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Sleepwalking Parents Likely to Have Sleepwalking Kids

Posted 4 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – More than 60 percent of children with two sleepwalking parents go on to develop the condition themselves, new research shows. "These findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors," the Canadian study authors wrote. "Parents who have been sleepwalkers in the past, particularly in cases where both parents have been sleepwalkers, can expect their children to sleepwalk and thus should prepare adequately." Sleepwalking often begins in childhood and generally disappears by adolescence. But sleepwalking may continue into adulthood. It can also start later in life, according to the researchers. Sleep terrors, in which a person screams and is intensely fearful, also begin in childhood. In the new study, Dr. Jacques Montplaisir, of Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, and colleagues examined connections between these ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Your Child Is Scared of the Dark

Posted 13 Aug 2013 by

-- If your child is afraid of the dark, you can take steps to ease the fears and help your little one feel comfortable. The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to help comfort the child: Talk to the child about these fears, and ask what he or she is afraid of. Reassure the child that he or she is perfectly safe. Explain to your child that mythical creatures are not real. Comfort your child in his or her own bed, rather than bringing the child into your bed. Make sure the pre-bedtime routine is light and happy, without any frightening books or movies. Let your child have security items and a nightlight for comfort, and reward your child with small treats and plenty of praise. Read more

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Health Tip: What is a Night Terror?

Posted 30 Dec 2011 by

-- A night terror may cause a child to wake up sweating and screaming, and parents might think their child is having a "super" nightmare. But a night terror is different from a nightmare, the Nemours Foundation says. It occurs while the child is in a deep sleep, and the child usually has no recollection of what caused the sudden outbreak of fear. Night terrors are rare, affecting only 3 percent to 6 percent of children, the foundation says. It says common triggers of night terrors include: Having a family member who had night terrors. Having an immature central nervous system. Being stressed out or over-tired. Having a change in sleep environment, such as when spending the night away from home. Being on a new medication. Read more

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