Is melatonin safe for children?

On November 28, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Some research suggests that melatonin can help treat children with sleeping difficulties. However, it is best to try lifestyle changes or speak to a doctor before giving melatonin to a child. Sleep plays an essential role in overall health and well-being. Sleep is especially important for children as their bodies…

Sleep apnea in children impairs memory consolidation

On November 9, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research sheds light on sleep apnea in children. A new study examined how obstructive sleep apnea in children may interfere with memory consolidation, and it also uncovered a potential method of predicting the level of disruption caused by the associated sleep loss. Over the years, science has delved into the nature and function of sleep. Although there…

Insufficient sleep raises type 2 diabetes risk in children

On August 16, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research investigates the link between sleep duration and risk markers for type 2 diabetes in children. Could as little as 1 hour of sleep influence children’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes? A new study suggests so. In the United States, 1 in 3 people are estimated to develop…

Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development

On March 18, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep apnea, a common condition in which breathing briefly stops during the night, may reduce the amount of gray matter in a child’s brain, finds a recent study. Although further research is needed, the results are worrying. Sleep apnea’s effect on the developing brain is currently little understood. …

Mothers, not fathers, get less sleep when living with children

On February 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

For many parents of young children, sleep deprivation is likely a regular occurrence. But according to new research, mothers fare worse than fathers. Researchers have found that mothers get less sleep when living with children, but fathers’ sleep is unaffected. From an analysis of more than 5,800 adults,…

Skipping breakfast and not enough sleep can make children overweight

On November 15, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Mothers smoking in pregnancy, children skipping breakfast and not having a regular bedtime or sufficient sleep all appear to be important factors in predicting whether a child will become overweight or obese. Mothers smoking in pregnancy, children skipping breakfast and not having a regular bedtime or sufficient…

Developing brain regions in children hardest hit by sleep deprivation

On October 6, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Zurich has studied the effects of acute sleep deprivation in children for the first time. They discovered that the brain in five to 12-year-olds responds differently to sleep deprivation compared to adults: The reduced amount of sleep leads to an increased…

Get sleep sorted by age 5 to help children settle at school

On March 10, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A child who soothes themselves back to sleep from an early age adjusts to school more easily than those who don’t, new QUT research has found. The Australian study revealed one in three children have escalating problems sleeping across birth to five years which increased their risk of…

Persistent snoring in children can harm their health

On March 2, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research suggests many parents of children who frequently snore in their sleep do not realize it could be harmful to their children’s health and quality of life. The researchers found around 5% of the children snored persistently on several nights a week. The study – led by…

Snoring in children can affect their health

On March 1, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Children commonly snore from time to time and that is often harmless. But children with frequent snoring and breathing problems during sleep have an increased risk of having trouble concentrating and learning difficulties. A newly published study from Sahlgrenska Academy shows that many parents of children that snore are…