Category: Sleep Deprivation

A Good Night’s Sleep Can Prevent Serious Health Conditions. So, How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Newborn babies sleep most of the time. Many teenagers either resist sleep at all costs or sleep all day. Seniors often have trouble sleeping through the night.

Does that mean that we need more or less sleep in our teen years and less sleep as we age?

Our bodies adapt to less sleep as we get less through the years, but that doesn’t mean it is healthy, or beneficial. Six to eight hours of sleep each night is still the recommended guideline.
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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Longer at Night

Mom Breastfeeding Baby at Night Before BedBaby Sleep Day was held on March 1st, 2017. Pediatric sleep experts made themselves available around the clock all over the world on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s Facebook page in order to answer parents questions regarding their baby’s sleep habits. The main focus was how to get babies to sleep longer.

Melissa E. Moore, psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recommended the Facebook Q&A session to parents on Philly.com. As a mom, Dr. Moore also suggested a few tips of her own, namely to separate the eating routine from the falling asleep routine. Just doing that, she wrote, would lead to longer sleep for babies (3 months and older) and parents. Specifically, “at bedtime only, feed first (yes this will make the baby sleepy), then do a bedtime routine that is 5-30 minutes long (yes this will wake the baby), then put the baby down for sleep.” This allows your baby to get used to falling asleep from a wide-awake state without having eaten just beforehand. As a mother, Dr. Moore admits that this could be a tricky request for moms who thrive on the feed-then-right-to-bed multitak approach. But, separating eating from falling asleep works, she says.

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Why The Lack of Sleep Is Hurting Your Child

Why The Lack of Sleep Is Hurting Your Child

Sleep is essential for good health in children and adolescents. Our modern society emphasizes healthy nutrition, physical exercise and quality education for our children. However, is the same concern placed on how much time our children sleep? Surprisingly, no.

In many situations losing sleep to accomplish other goals is often worn as a “badge of honor.” It is not unusual to hear from my patients that “they pulled an all-nighter” to study for an exam or that they don’t sleep very much at night because they text with friends. Technology has become pervasive in our society and we seem to be consistently connected to our smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Unfortunately, sleep is not a priority.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Can Prevent Serious Health Conditions. So, How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Newborn babies sleep most of the time. Many teenagers either resist sleep at all costs or sleep all day. Seniors often have …

It’s Summer – Should I Be Eating Ice to Cool Down?

It’s summer and during its hot days, we’ve all seen many people chew on ice to cool down. Our question is – is this …