Many children with sleep disorders aren’t obviously sleepy during the day but may be hyperactive, inattentive, or have difficulty with focus or memory.Sleep-deprived kids may also have chronic mood swings and aggressive behavior.

Your child’s problems and other related obscure behavior can be changed with better sleep.

Following tips are worth trying:

1. Monitor the hours your child sleeps – not the hours in bed.

2. Provide a consistent, soothing bedtime routine, including a “wind down” time.

3. Have your child avoid stimulating activities before sleep such as video games, texting, TV, or aggressive exercise.

4. Caffeine is a stimulant. Limited consumption of soft drinks and chocolate in your child’s diet will certainly help improving sleep. Reduced content of coffee among the teens is strongly recommended.

5. Do not provide a TV or computer in your child’s room. If your teen has sleep issues, insist that the laptop, cell phone, iPad or other electronic devices be used somewhere besides the bedroom.

If your child is unable to sleep an adequate amount night after night, is regularly very groggy in the morning after sufficient sleep, or is difficult to wake up, it may be worth further investigation with your child’s health care provider or a sleep specialist.

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