It's only natural for parents to want their child to be healthy as they can be and part of helping your child be healthy is making sure that their child gets a good night's rest. But what if your child doesn't sleep well?
Screen time at night keeps adults from falling asleep and sleeping well due to cognitive stimulation and sleep deprivation. Your brain's electrical activity increases, neurons race and divert you from calming down into a peaceful state of mind for sleep.
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.
The popular sleep supplement is almost totally unregulated.
Sleep routines signal the body and mind that's it's time to wind down and release sleep-inducing melatonin into the body
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.
[pullquote]“People should not self-medicate with melatonin.”[/pullquote] When used occasionally and at the correct time, melatonin
There are times and conditions when melatonin should not be used in children. Those conditions include: If the insomnia is
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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.
However inconvenient, I think sleep hygiene (routine bed time, no screens before bed, bed used only for sleeping) and consistency with what we do as parents may be the only magic wand to wave for sleep throughout childhood.