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A Better Night’s Sleep for Your Kids

sleep for Kidskids continually waking up in the middle of the night could be a nightmare for both parents and children. But here are some advice and products to help get some “rest for the weary.”

There are three main causes of “night wakings.” The first is night terrors, or bad dreams. Adults are able to shake it off and go back to sleep. It’s not that easy, obviously, for kids. Very young children often do not know what woke them and older children usually end up in the parent’s bed because naturally, they’re scared.”

The second is because of restless sleep: without a solid bedtime routine, kids are subject to a restless night’s sleep. It is always better to develop a routine each night to help your child relax and wind down from the day. (i.e., keep the light off, speak calmly, don’t stay in the room for a long time, read them a bedtime story, etc). Also, avoid caffeine and sugar before bed.

The third reason could be because of medical issues. If your child is waking in the middle of the night often, or complains of aches or pains, check with your pediatrician. Children are not immune to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia. Read the rest of this entry

manned spaceflightDisorders of sleep and circadian rhythmicity are characteristic of both advancing age and manned spaceflight.Sleep fragmentation, reduced nocturnal sleep tendency and sleep efficiency, reduced daytime alertness, and increased daytime napping are common to both of these conditions.

Recent research on the pathophysiology and treatment of disrupted sleep in older people has led to a better understanding of how the human circadian pacemaker regulates the timing of the daily sleep-wake cycle and how it responds to the periodic changes in the light-dark cycle to which we are ordinarily exposed. Read the rest of this entry

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Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy the life’s simple pleasure, a good night’s sleep.
It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic or long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. Obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy are some of the most common sleep disorders.
A chronic and little-known sleep dysfunction, mostly observed in blind people, is non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, also known as N24HSWD, which results in symptoms of insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness.
This debilitating circadian rhythm sleep disorder affects individuals who are unable to synchronize their internal body clock to the standard 24-hour light-dark cycle, and therefore they do not necessarily associate night with sleep, and day with being awake. The chronic sleep deprivation due to N24HSWD may lead to impairment in daily functioning, social interactions, school and work performance, and increases the risk for accidents. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep affects a person’s waking hours more than a person realizes. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, narcolepsy, delayed or advanced sleep phase syndrome and parasomnias. 

The Alert, Well and Keeping Energy (AWAKE) sleep support group is part of the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center’s efforts to help patients get the rest they need to lead normal, productive lives.

“People don’t realize the affect and power a good night’s sleep has on people,” says Jennifer Morrow, the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Sleep Center and AWAKE support group coordinator.

Some common symptoms of not getting enough rest include excessive sleepiness during daytime hours, loud snoring, pauses during breathing while asleep, morning headaches, restless legs during sleep and exhaustion despite having enough sleep hours. Read the rest of this entry

Two sleep disorders centers focussing on the children have opened up with dedicated sleep disorders programs  for the suburban Philadelphia residents. These two Philadelhia hospitals intend to help people who have trouble sleeping.

Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers recently opened the Pediatric Sleep Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton also recently opened a sleep disorders center for adults on the third floor of its Medical Arts Pavilion.

Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers has been opened by Crozer-Keystone Health System to serve children ages six months to 16 years with problems such as sleep apnea, sleep walking, insomnia and night terrors. Read the rest of this entry

Clayton Sleep Institute (CSI), in partnership with Sleep Review magazine hosts the 9th Annual Updates in Sleep Medicine 2011. The conference takes place in St. Louis, Mo. at the Four Seasons Hotel beginning on Friday, November 4 and continuing until 12:30 CST on November 5. The annual meeting offers premiere medical and scientific presentations by leaders in sleep medicine on the current trends and latest developments.

Each year, the event attracts sleep specialists, primary care physicians, specialty physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners and residents in training from across the United States. The following topics will be covered at this year’s conference:

Managing Circadian Rhythms: Diagnosis and Treatment: this presentation will be given by Mark J. Muehlbach, Ph.D. Dr. Muehlbach is the Clinical Director of the The Clinics at Clayton Sleep Institute. The presentation will help audience members both become familiar with circadian rhythms and identify factors contributing to disruptions in circadian rhythms. Read the rest of this entry

Snoring is among the common sleep problems in adults, especially in middle-aged men. And children and kids are equally prone to this most uncomfortable sleep disorder.The effects of snoring upon the overall health of children is established to be detrimental up to great extent.

Association of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA among kids and children has now become a more common occurrence. Across the globe occurrence of persistent snoring on most nights has been reported in 8-12 percent of children.

The incidence of OSA (with significant upper airway obstruction leading to   oxygen desaturation and/or sleep fragmentation) is 2-3 percent in children under the age of 10. Read the rest of this entry

Insomnia, one of the most dreaded – yet highly common – is affecting more than 30% of the world’s population. Not surprisingly, people today have been found to experience 20% less of the good night’s sleep that people from 100 years ago tremendously enjoyed. Often caused by stress and anxiety or involving genetics, insomnia is prompting roughly 10 million Americans to pop prescription medicine to help them fall into a deep slumber.

As the number of “insomniacs” around the world soars, so does the need for trusted, relevant data on how alleviate the condition.

Established in 2005, Help-Me-To-Sleep.com aims to provide a wealth of facts and advice on a range of sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and shift work sleep disorder. The website contains insomnia definition to help visitors understand the condition, while tackling in detail what causes insomnia and how to treat it. Read the rest of this entry

Middle-of-the-night waking could be a serious health problem in the school age kids.This could be because of several factors and may also lead to further complexities including the sleep related disorders.Researches have established that infants and school age kids are prone to fall victim of these sleep disorders including daytime sleepiness,sleep apnea,fatigue,sleep deprivation,bedwetting,and others.

School age kids may be affected by any physical problem, an upset stomach, a strained muscle , and it can rouse your child. But the most common culprits are allergies, asthma, and (especially among the overweight) reflux. Read the rest of this entry

School age kids if suffer from anxiety may be an easy victim for developing complex sleep related disorders including sleepwalking,daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, bedwetting, and others. Kids obviously do not bear job related anxiety but school-age kids have their own anxieties, such as being unpopular, flunking an exam, even disappointing you.Scary real-life possibilities (burglars, fires) also can keep them up. Kids used to sleeping with you may get anxious when made to go solo.

Your child is exhausted but won’t close her eyes, or suddenly gets a stomachache at bedtime. She may ask for a glass of water or one more hug after lights-out; a kid who won’t sleep alone will complain or cry when you leave. Read the rest of this entry

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