Originally posted in Health & Fitness JULY 24, 2015
Linda Leali, a lawyer, has another strategy to keep her daughter, Violet, from overusing electronics before bed. She plans on buying a special “screen time manager” which allows parents to automatically turn off electronic devices after a certain period of time. Violet Martin, 9, is photographed inside her room on Sunday, July 19, 2015. CARL JUSTE Miami Herald Staff
Dr. Belen Esparis has a special nightly ritual for her 10-year daughter and 13-year-old son. About an hour before bedtime, she has them place all their electronic devices — the Kindle, iPad, Nintendo and cellphones — in a basket on the floor.
As a physician specializing in sleep disorders, Esparis knows full well the damage that electronic devices can do to children before bed, affecting their sleep patterns and potentially leading to a wide variety of health problems.
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.Read More
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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Psychophysiological insomnia affects more female patients than male and is uncommon in children.
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.Read More
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.
“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.