Children are busy these days with texting, talking on the phone, and video games and this could leave them heavily sleep deprived. Apart from all these gadgets and other activities there is another monster that’s robbing them of a good night’s rest.

Getting your kid to sleep like a baby is harder than ever these days. If you have a teen, you know exactly what is this all about.

Edward Grandi with the American Sleep Apnea Association says, “They go to bed and immediately they’re texting their friends, or they’re looking at movies.”

Or they’re on Facebook or Twitter or checking their email, it’s endless.

Grandi says, “It’s a challenge because we’ve got a lot of stimulus now that would keep us going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

But it’s important to power down for the sake of a good night’s rest.

Grandi says enforcing bedtime rules can benefit everyone. “Before bedtime, everybody puts their PDA’s, smart phones, cell phones, everything into the basket and you don’t touch it again until the morning.”

For a growing child, not getting proper sleep can affect brain development, concentration, and lead to weight gain.

But aside from all the technological distractions, there could also be a hidden condition preventing your child from sleeping well.

Grandi says, “If parents go into the bedroom and see the covers are all turned upside down and the kid’s head is at the foot of the bed instead… That should be a concern.” It’s a concern that your kid might have sleep apnea.

Other red flags include excessive snoring and bedwetting. Grandi says, “When they’re past the age where they should be able to control their bladder at night, if they’re having difficulty controlling their bladder at night, it should be another indication that perhaps it’s from sleep apnea.”

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