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Snoring in Children – Is it Time to See Your Doctor?

<a href="/articles/snoring-in-children-%E2%80%93-is-it-time-to-see-your-doctor">Snoring in Children – Is it Time to See Your Doctor?</a>

There is a well-established connection between children’s breathing disorders during sleep and behavioural problems but recently published research from the University of Arizona has again highlighted the need for parents to identify their children’s sleep breathing problems as early as possible...The Arizona study found there was a four to five times greater risk of children with sleep apnea having behavioural issues. Read full article

Sleepwalking in Children - Causes and Tips for Parents

<a href="/articles/sleepwalking-in-children-causes-and-tips-for-parents">Sleepwalking in Children - Causes and Tips for Parents</a>

Lily, aged seven, sleepwalks occasionally: “She wanders around and she often, somehow, finds us in the house. She might be smiling; she might open the cupboards, often she needs to go to the toilet,” explains her mother Amanda. Sarah*, whose daughter Amelia*, is also seven, says she’s been startled to see her daughter in a “trance-like state” at her bedside in the middle of the night ...While most children will outgrow this sleep disturbance by the time they are adults, it can be a cause for concern for their parents ... Read full article

Helpful Information on Children and Sleep Disorders

<a href="/articles/helpful-information-on-children-and-sleep-disorders">Helpful Information on Children and Sleep Disorders</a>

Any parent will tell you the meaning of the saying “slept like a baby” is completely opposite to reality. Thankfully, many parents succeed in establishing a routine to their baby’s initial erratic sleep patterns without too much trouble. But for some, sleep problems become an ongoing concern. Sleep problems are common throughout all stages of childhood. Community based studies report that anywhere between 10% and 45% of children and 11% to 30% of adolescents have one or more sleep problems, which can occur in infancy or develop later. Read full article

Harvard Professor Talks Sleep Deficit and School Start Times

This is an excerpt from a longer public forum on sleep deficit and health. Professor of Sleep Medicine, Susan Redline M/D. discusses school start times and whether schools should start later. Do current school start times force children to go to school at times when, according to their natural, biological rhythms, they should be asleep? Dr Redline says this problem leads to mood problems and poorer academic performance. Read full article

How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?

<a href="/articles/how-much-sleep-does-your-teenager-need">How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?</a>

It’s common for parents to worry about their teenagers getting enough sleep. Like adults, teenagers’ sleep requirements vary between individuals, depending on how well they function on a certain amount of sleep. But as a general guideline, most teenagers function well on about nine hours sleep per day, says Dr Sarah Blunden, founder of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep and Director of the Paediatric Sleep Clinic in South Australia. This article covers how much sleep teenagers need and some tips to help them get more of it. Read full article

A Lesson from a Wise Night Owl and an Easy Sleeper

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2012/01/09/a-lesson-from-a-wise-night-owl-and-an-easy-sleeper">A Lesson from a Wise Night Owl and an Easy Sleeper</a>

I do wonder who is raising whom, sometimes. My elder child is a night owl (or "night hour", as she would say). Sleep has never come easily for her; she seems to fight it, and we’ve wrestled through many long evenings with her bouncing out of bed and up the hallway time and time again. This time I decided to bring the message home with a role play ... One afternoon I sat them down on the sofa. Read full article

podcast How to Help Your Baby Sleep Using Gentle Techniques

<a href="/audio/podcast-how-to-help-your-baby-sleep-using-gentle-techniques">podcast How to Help Your Baby Sleep Using Gentle Techniques</a>

In this one hour webinar Beth Macgregor, co-author of "Helping Your Baby to Sleep, Why Gentle Techniques Work Best" shares information on approaches to your child's ( 0 to 3 years) sleeping that help with your child's emotional development. She explains why responsive parenting is good for your child's sleep and emotional wellbeing. Beth also answers common questions about young children's and babies' sleep habits and sleeping patterns. Read full article

Helping Your Baby to Sleep

<a href="/parenting-resources/happy-children/helping-your-baby-to-sleep">Helping Your Baby to Sleep</a>

This book is about responsive parenting. It is about how babies thrive when parents are sensitive to their needs - during the day and the night. It looks at baby sleep and shows that babies wake up at night and need help to settle for many good reasons, as frustrating as this may be to their parents. Read full article