The Crucial Link Between Sleep and Childhood Obesity

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 28, 2024 8:40:00 AM

Childhood obesity has emerged as a significant public health concern, affecting millions of children worldwide. While factors like diet and physical activity have been extensively studied, an often-overlooked contributor to this epidemic is inadequate sleep. In recent years, research has highlighted a compelling link between sleep patterns and childhood obesity. This blog post aims to explore the intricacies of this connection and shed light on the importance of prioritizing healthy sleep habits for our younger generation.

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Back to School Tips for Kids and Teens

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 11, 2023 7:31:00 PM

Quality sleep is vital for your child's functioning and academic success. Sleep deprivation in children can look similar to adults, but it can also differ. Academic performance is going to be one of the main players in how you can recognize when your child is not getting enough sleep.

One way to ensure that your child does get enough sleep is to ensure that when school starts, they are back on track with their sleep schedule. The summer is a looser time without many time commitments or time-restraints. Therefore, parents normally are more relaxed about when their children go to bed and when they wake up.

Transitioning back to school can take some readjustment in many areas of their lives, including a sleep schedule. Continue reading to learn more about how to get your child back on track with their sleep schedule for a good start to the year. 

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Melatonin Overdoses in Children

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 6, 2023 6:36:00 AM

Since the pandemic the rise in melatonin use in children has steadily increased. Pediatricians are seeing more adults giving children melatonin and ever before. This is due to the major sleep disturbances they experienced at the height of the pandemic. However it is becoming more alarming that melatonin use has become an everyday thing instead of a sleep aid to use every once in a while.

Nighttime disturbances in children can be disruptive to a child's daily function and to everyone else in the house. However, it's important to understand that the long-term use of melatonin has not been studied in children. Therefore it is unknown what will happen to children who use melatonin on a daily basis.

Another concern is the risk of melatonin overdose and children. The calls to poison control have risen over the last couple of years due to melatonin overdoses. Part of this is due to the fact that melatonin is packaged and gummies which is very appealing for kids. They think that melatonin is candy and consumer as such. Tablets are less appealing to children and therefore experience less overdosing than the melatonin gummies.

Continue reading to learn more about why overdose of melatonin looks like in children, and what you should do if you suspect that your child has eaten more melatonin and they were intended to.

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ADHD and Sleep Problems

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 9, 2022 1:45:00 PM

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often struggle with lack of attention and overactivity. Do these problems roll over into sleep? Absolutely. Children with ADHD often struggle with sleep issues from insomnia, to other sleep disorders. It's important to treat sleep problems as this can reduce both sleep disorders, as well as ADHD symptoms. Continue reading to find out more about this connection. 

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Sleep and Autism

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 2, 2022 1:13:00 PM

Children with autism may have trouble sleeping, which can be problematic for both them and the family. Many children with autism experience sleeping issues, so it is not an uncommon finding. When children are diagnosed with autism parents should monitor sleeping problems that they can share with their physician. Below is some more information on how sleep and autism go together, and what you can do to help. 

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Child Not Sleeping? Childhood Insomnia Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 18, 2021 1:17:00 PM

What Is Childhood Insomnia

Childhood insomnia is not often talked about, but is a very real issue. Signs may not be obvious, unless you have a child overtly acting out, and sleep deprivation is identified as the main issue.

Childhood insomnia is the same as it is in adults where children can't fall asleep, stay asleep, or sleep until the next morning.

Unfortunately identifying childhood insomnia is made difficult because symptoms largely overlap with seemingly normal child and teen behavioral changes:

  • Moodiness
  • Acting out
  • Being tired all the time (we might ask ourselves, "Is it just a growth spurt?")
  • Difficulty concentrating

The difference between childhood insomnia causing such problems and normal childhood development is that one is normal, and one is likely preventable.

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