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Declining Teen Sleep and the Link to Peer and Parent Relationships

<a href="/articles/declining-teen-sleep-and-the-link-to-peer-and-parent-relationships">Declining Teen Sleep and the Link to Peer and Parent Relationships</a>

A new study, published in December in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, concludes it is not only biological factors that are causing disruption to adolescents’ sleep. The study, led by Professor Maume from the University of Cincinnati, suggests that social ties, including relationships with peers and parents, may be even more important than biological changes as predictors of teen sleep behaviours. Read full article

New Research Finds that Children Sleep Less if Media Devices Are In The Bedroom

<a href="/articles/new-research-finds-that-children-sleep-less-if-media-devices-are-in-the-bedroom">New Research Finds that Children Sleep Less if Media Devices Are In The Bedroom</a>

We know from previous research reported on happychild that use of technology devices can negatively impact the sleep of teenagers. This new research from Finland studied an even younger population of school-aged children and concluded that computer use, television viewing, and the presence of media in children’s bedrooms may reduce the amount of time children are sleeping, and delay bedtimes. And they found gender differences–among boys, having a television and a computer in the bedroom predicted poorer sleep habits and irregularity of sleep habits. Read full article

Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success

<a href="/articles/regular-bedtimes-for-children-support-academic-success">Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success</a>

What time did your child go to bed last night and was it about the same time as the night before? Having a consistent and early enough bedtime during children’s younger years is likely to pay dividends when they are older, with research showing that children who have non-regular and late bedtimes are more likely to perform worse in reading and maths. The longer the irregular and late sleep patterns continue, the more likely it is that a child may suffer these cognitive effects. Read full article

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

Will Our Kids Be Better 'Technology Parents'?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/28/will-our-kids-be-better-technology-parents">Will Our Kids Be Better &#039;Technology Parents&#039;?</a>

So this morning I saw the headline “Our web-addict kids miss out on meals and sleep”.And I thought, somewhat judgementally - surely their parents can do something about that? And at the same time I acknowledged, from my own personal experience, how hard it is to get teens to stop using a computer and do something else. Read full article

Teens Using Technology - Backlit Devices can Impact on Sleep

<a href="/articles/teens-using-technology-backlit-devices-can-impact-on-sleep">Teens Using Technology - Backlit Devices can Impact on Sleep</a>

New research from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, indicates that teenagers who use backlit technology, such as tablet devices, for two hours before bed, may have their sleeping patterns disrupted. At this time of year in Australia, many teens are studying for their final HSC exams and technology usually plays a significant role at this time. Being aware of its possible effects on sleep and melatonin release, may help parents advise their teens on how to ensure they get sufficient sleep. 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

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

Teenagers Need More than Seven Hours Sleep

<a href="/articles/teenagers-need-more-than-seven-hours-sleep">Teenagers Need More than Seven Hours Sleep</a>

An academic paper released in 2012 suggested that teenagers may in fact need only just more than seven hours sleep to perform well in standardised tests. The article was not written by sleep researchers but by economics researchers who used statistical analysis to come up with this proposal. However the paediatric sleep community has refuted this suggestion. 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