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How Parents Can Help Improve the Quality of a Teen’s Sleep

KQED News Min/Shift – April Fulton

“Within three days of starting high school this year, my ninth-grader could not get into bed before 11 p.m. or wake up by 6 a.m. He complained he couldn’t fall asleep but felt foggy during the school day and had to reread lessons a few times at night to finish his homework. And forget morning activities on the weekends — he was in bed. We’re not the only family struggling to get restful shut-eye.” (more)

It’s not just for kids—even adults appear to benefit from a regular bedtime

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But it’s not just an issue of logging at least seven hours of Z’s. A new study on sleep patterns suggests that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults.” (more)

More than half of parents of sleep-deprived teens blame electronics

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“It’s no secret that many teenagers stay up late to scroll through social media or catch up with friends on phones. And 56 percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe this use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.” (more)

Here’s how to chase away your child’s scary dreams

The Miami Herald – Rachel Spector

“Scary dreams are, well, scary, both for the adults who worry about what’s frightening their children and for the youngsters who think their nightmares are real. Bad dreams seem to peak during the preschool years, when fear of the dark is common. They’re also prevalent in children ages 6 to 10. That’s when kids tend to incorporate real-life fears – such as being kidnapped or shot – into their dreams. One study by Dutch researchers, in fact, found that 96 percent of 7- to 9-year-olds reported having nightmares, as compared with 68 percent of 4- to 6-year-olds and 76 percent of 10- to 12-year-olds.” (more)

Napping and teenage learning

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Teenagers and sleep. It’s certainly a passionate subject for many American parents, and those in China. University of Delaware’s Xiaopeng Ji is investigating the relationship between midday-napping behaviors and neurocognitive function in early adolescents. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the School of Nursing assistant professor and principal investigator Jianghong Liu (University of Pennsylvania) turned to the Chinese classroom. With participants from schools in Jintan, she measured midday napping, nighttime sleep duration and sleep quality, and performance on multiple neurocognitive tasks.” (more)

Study finds bad sleep habits start early in school-age children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Bad sleep habits in children begin earlier than many experts assume. That’s the takeaway from a new study led by McGill University researchers. The findings suggest that official sleep guidelines for young school children should be revisited – and that parents ought to maintain firm bedtime rules throughout children’s primary-school years. The researchers studied the sleep patterns of children aged six to 11 years old, and found that those aged 8-11 increasingly showed the unhealthy patterns usually associated with adolescence: delayed bedtimes, inconsistent schedules, and sleep deprivation. Such patterns have been shown to impair children’s physical and mental health, as well as academic performance.” (more)