Sadly, most children, teens and adults are not getting close to the recommended night's sleep and you can see this clearly in futile attempts to sleep in on the weekends to pay off our mounting "sleep debt."
ICYMI Sleep features the highlights of what we learned about sleep this week.
Sleep doctors weigh in.
Establish a Sleep Routine for Your Kids and Yourself -- Get the Rest You Need (Part 3 in a 3-part series)
Sleep routines signal the body and mind that's it's time to wind down and release sleep-inducing melatonin into the body
PSA: Power down before bed.
Recent oncological research is now suggesting a correlation between melatonin and cancer: Studies have suggested it could have a potential ability to lessen the negative effects of cancer chemotherapy, enhance its therapeutic effect and reduce its toxicity.
There are times and conditions when melatonin should not be used in children. Those conditions include: If the insomnia is
These findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system. We know these two systems both exert influence over sleep, and together create our basic 24-hour cycle of a long, consolidated period of sleep followed by an extended period of wakefulness.