Sleep Related Articles & Blog Posts

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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, Hyperactivity Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering if their children have ADHD are often exhausted and frustrated. What is ADHD? ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or some […]

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  • Sleep and Immunity

    Sleep and Immunity

    Evidence continues to mount that your mother was right all along – not enough sleep leads to more colds and flus. Here’s one piece of that puzzle: not having enough sleep measurably blunts how well the body responds to the flu vaccine, according to a fascinating study published in the September 25, 2002 issue of […]

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  • SIDS, The Family Bed, & The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

    SIDS, The Family Bed, & The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

    The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the JPMA have launched a new national safety campaign urging parents not to ever bring babies to sleep with them, but to always put them to sleep in cribs that meet current safety standards. (Note: the JPMA is the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association – the association for crib […]

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  • Snoring!


    Parents are quick to mention some things to their pediatrician: fevers, seizures, bleeding. Snoring is another important symptom that your child’s doctor needs to know about, though it often goes unreported. Snoring can be the sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), where there is prolonged partial blocking, or intermittent blocking, of breathing during sleep.

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  • Dry Nights

    Dry Nights

    Several of the nation’s leading bedwetting experts gathered earlier this year to candidly discuss the issues surrounding the millions of school-age children who wet the bed. I participated in what proved to be a very stimulating conversation. I learned things (about red dyes, for instance) that I had not seen in the literature or in […]

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  • Sleep Well. Do Well.

    Sleep Well. Do Well.

    Garfield the Cat knows about sleep! Kids don’t. Garfield is the official spokescat of the Star Sleeper Campaign launched in 2001 by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Better Sleep Council, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals).

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  • When Teens Can’t Sleep

    When Teens Can’t Sleep

    Anxiety (which is often brought on by a stressful event) is probably the most common cause of difficulty falling asleep. This is called “stress-related insomnia.” It is a self-limited problem that usually resolves over several weeks (sometimes several months). It does not tend to turn into chronic insomnia.

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  • Confusional Arousal

    Confusional Arousal

    A confusional arousal begins with the child moaning and moving about. It progresses quickly to the child crying out and thrashing wildly. The eyes may be open or closed, and perspiration is common. The child will look confused, upset, or even “possessed” (a description volunteered by many parents). Even if the child does call out […]

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  • Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    My youngest son was having a confusional arousal, and his mother observed that these events are most common at the same ages that children are becoming aware of the bladder feeling full during sleep. Perhaps these kids just need to go to the bathroom.

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  • Imagination and Fear

    Imagination and Fear

    At around age three, most children enter into a magical time where make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting where wonderful dreams and desires are acted out as kids learn how to pretend. A few props can turn an ordinary rainy afternoon into a trip […]

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