Children, Teens & Sleep
A study by Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk, MSc, PhD, of the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia suggest inadequate sleep is associated with a significant increase in the risk for drowsy driving and motor vehicle crashes for young drivers.
Surgical removal of adenoids and tonsils, or adenotonsillectomy (AT), has been shown to help children with sleep apnea. Children who had these surgeries have experienced improvements in behavior, quality of life, and other symptoms. This is compared to children without these surgeries.
According to a recent study in Finland, approximately 10 percent of six-year-olds have sleep-disordered breathing. This increased among children with enlarged tonsils, crossbite, or a convex facial profile. Unlike in adults, excess body fat is not associated with sleep-disordered breathing in this age group. The study was conducted by the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Easter Finland.
Studies suggest that treatment of mild-sleep disordered breathing with CPAP therapy in pregnant women with preeclampsia improves fetal activity levels.
Children who have learning, attention, and behavior problems may be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness even though clinical tests show they received enough sleep.
Penn State researchers studied 508 children and found that those whose parents reported excessive daytime sleepiness despite getting enough sleep were more likely to experience learning, attention, and behavior problems.
Sleep problems are common in young children and can lead to stress in families. One factor that might contribute to these problems is the mother’s depression.
A new study suggests that young diabetics may be struggling to get a good night's sleep, resulting in worse control of their blood sugar, poorer school performance and misbehavior.
Daytime naps for your toddlers may be more important than you think! A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder highlighted the importance of napping for toddlers which could be a wake-up call for parents.