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Screens and sleep do not mix well

Originally posted in Health & Fitness  JULY 24, 2015

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Sound waves can improve sleep and memory, study says



Sound wave therapy can improve sleep and memory, according to a new study fromNorthwestern Medicine in the US.

According to Psych Central, Neuroscience graduate student Nelly Papalambros wanted to find out if there was a non-invasive way to improve sleep quality, because of its many effects on health. Poor sleep has been linked to everything from cognitive problems (including memory issues and difficulty concentrating) to heart attack and disease, while insomnia drastically increases the risk of accident and injury.

Papalambros recruited study participants with an increased risk of heart disease, and measured their baseline stats and sleep patterns while they stayed at a sleep research centre overnight. She then tested whether playing a low-grade static noise could improve their quality of sleep. This sound was developed by Giovanni Santostasi and is personalised in order to be more effective.

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Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter


Originally posted TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep difficulties, particularly problems falling asleep, are common among toddlers and preschoolers with mental health issues, according to a new study.

“Sleep problems in young children frequently co-occur with other behavioral problems, with evidence that inadequate sleep is associated with daytime sleepiness, less optimal preschool adjustment, and problems of irritability, hyperactivity and attention,” said the study’s leader, John Boekamp, clinical director of the pediatric partial hospital program at Bradley Hospital in Providence, R.I.

However, he said, sleep disorders may be unrecognized and underdiagnosed in young children, particularly when behavioral or emotional problems are present.

The study, published online in Child Psychiatry & Human Development, involved 183 children aged 6 years or younger receiving outpatient treatment for psychiatric problems. The researchers examined the prevalence of sleep disorders among these children and the nature of the sleep problems.

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Dr. says a good night’s sleep may replace psych meds

Published: Jun 18, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT

 FORT MYERS, Fla. – Psych meds are supposed to help conditions like depression, irritability, and memory problems, to name a few. One doctor says many of these kids don’t need drugs, but instead they just need a good night’s sleep.

“I want to be on Broadway,” William Einbinder is an energetic young man, but one day his father could see a big difference psychologically.

“He’d come home from school in the afternoon, and fall asleep, which is not like him. He’s a very outgoing kind of a kid, and also his grades started dropping,” says Morgan Einbinder.

Even William could tell something was wrong, “I dropped from an A in math to a C.”

So the family went together to see a doctor. ” A lot of these disorders, a lot of these psychiatric disorders could be brought back to a sleeping issue at night,” says Dr.

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Sleep disorders affect 83% of children diagnosed with autism

If you have a child diagnosed with autism, or who you suspect is on the spectrum, chances are your child is having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.  Sleep is essential to support optimal development.  Research at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute has identified that 90% of children diagnosed with autism have methylation impairments . Methylation impairment can change the way children produce brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, glutamate and norepinephrine.  With respect to sleep, serotonin is a much need neurotransmitter.  90% of serotonin comes from the gastrointestinal tract.  Up to 85% of children with ASD have digestive problems including constipation, diarrhea, pain and gut flora imbalance.  Serotonin is converted to melatonin with the help of vitamin D.  Vitamin D deficiency is well documented in the autism focused medical research.  Adequate magnesium levels are required for healthy sleep onset and maintenance.  Many children with autism and ADHD have magnesium levels that are lower than normal. 

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Around the Clock: Sleep disorders can have wide-ranging consequences


June 18, 2014 1:30 pm  •  

Ulcers, hyperglycemia, diabetes, hypertension, gastric intestinal problems are not always caused by diet – they could be linked to a disrupted internal clock.

Working a job that requires shift-work or experiencing chronic jet lag disrupts your circadian rhythm. It results in countless consequences to your body that simply can’t be fixed by counting sheep.

“Stimulants such as caffeine can disrupt a patient’s circadian rhythm but also irregular sleep habits, jet lag, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in teenagers, Shift Work Sleep Disorder and Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in older people,” says Dr. Baqhar Mohideen, the medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Porter Regional Hospital.

“A quarter of American workers are on shift-work – 10 percent of which experience Shift Work Sleep Disorders.”

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder is when patients fall asleep late and have difficulty waking up in the morning.

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Sleep education program spurs preschoolers to snooze 30 minutes longer at night  


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Taking part in an educational sleep program resulted in a 30-minute average increase in sleep duration at a one-month follow-up for preschoolers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.In the study, published in the journal Sleep, families in two Head Start programs participated in the Sweet Dreamzzz Early Childhood Sleep Education Program. The Detroit-area nonprofit organization, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. developed the program and offers it for free when funding allows. Head Start programs aim to give preschool opportunities to low-income families, in part to improve readiness for elementary school.

Researchers found that among 152 preschool children and their families, the sleep education program produced a 30-minute increase in among the kids, says lead author Katherine (Wilson) DeRue, M.D., M.S., who conducted the study while a postgraduate fellow at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center and Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics.

“We know that an increase in sleep duration of that magnitude is associated with better function for kids during the day” says DeRue, who is now a pediatrician and sleep physician at IHA Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Consultants in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Identifying patients with psychophysiological insomnia

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Psychophysiological insomnia affects more female patients than male and is uncommon in children.

Identifying patients with psychophysiological insomnia
Identifying patients with psychophysiological insomnia

There are many forms of insomnia, and being able to distinguish the different types can be helpful in treatment. Psychophysiological insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of insomnia to treat.

A patient with psychophysiological insomnia focuses on their sleep, and worries about not getting enough. Their worrying starts when they prepare to go to bed. Patients become anxious that they are not going to get enough sleep. Patients with psychophysiological insomnia fret about how a lack of sleep is going to affect their next day.

This is a learned insomnia. The patient, at some point, experienced insomnia and then became preoccupied with their sleep. They often realize that their worry is keeping them from sleep but can’t seem to stop ruminating about it.

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Study: Lack of sleep a factor in childhood obesity

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Doctors at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are shedding more light on a recent study on obesity and how sleep can be a major factor, especially in kids.

The study comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The academy followed 1,000 children and found that kids who did not get enough sleep were more likely to be obese.

Doctors say this happens the most among 7 year olds.

The head of the sleep disorder center at Riley says people of all age groups do not understand how much sleep a person needs.

“They only need five hours of sleep a night. It’s not an achievement. You’re shortchanging yourself in many ways,” Dr. Deborah Givan, Pediatric Pulmonologist and Medical Director for Sleep Disorders Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health said.

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Low performing kids may be suffering from sleep apnea

COIMBATORE: If you are losing sleep over your child’s irritability, hyper activeness or decreasing attention span, it could very well be because of sleep apnea. Sleep experts say that the child should be taken to a sleep specialist if any of these symptoms are noticed. “If any form of sleep apnea is detected, it should be treated immediately,” said pulmonologist and sleep specialist from Ramakrishna Hospitals, Dr T Mohan Kumar. They say that even two-year olds can be affected by sleep apnea, and if left unchecked, it could hamper the child’s growth.
“We see sleep apnea in children frequently, but it is often left undetected,” says Dr R Karthikeyan, respiratory medicine specialist at PSG Hospitals. “If it is left untreated for long periods of time, it could affect the development of the child’s facial structure too,” said ENT surgeon Dr Seemab Shaikh.
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