Kids Need Sleep!

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Is your child struggling in school?

Are grades suffering? Is it hard to set a bedtime schedule? Are electronic devices in the bedroom taking over?

If you notice changes in your child’s school reports or energy levels, the culprit may be connected to sleep issues. Kids today often have over-scheduled lives, going to bed late and getting up too early for practices and activities that start before school. The problem is made worse by the technology we all use with phones and devices emitting the blue light that effects sleep cycles and quality of rest.

Many people don’t realize that children can have the same or worse kinds of problems sleeping as grown-ups. Insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), sleep apnea — as well as nightmares, bedwetting (sleep enuresis), etc. — dramatically affect a child’s health. We also need to remember that kids need more than 9 hours of sleep every night, …even more if they are younger than 13 years old.

How can you tell if your child is getting good sleep?

  • Is your child or teenager showing signs of having trouble getting or staying asleep?
  • Can you be sure your child is getting enough quality sleep all through the night?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD but the treatment protocols don’t seem to work?

We all know that kids need sleep. But we can’t always tell how much quality sleep they are really getting. Plus, sleep problems for kids may look like something else on the surface. For example, a growing body of evidence indicates that sleep disturbances can cause and exacerbate behavior and learning problems that may mimic the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). [Read more in our article, ADD/ADHD and Sleep.]

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Find out if helping your child sleep better will improve their health and their grades. Often an overnight sleep study is the best way to learn what’s really going on when a someone crawls into bed. Our sleep expert physicians bring years of experience to help kids and teens get healthy sleep. The sleep clinic features rooms specially fitted with two beds for the accompanying parent. For more information, see our FAQ on Sleep Studies for Children.

Northshore Sleep Medicine is dedicated to the comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of child sleep problems, including all major sleep disorders in children and adolescents.

Call 847-674-3600 for an appointment and help your child sleep tight and stay healthy.

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