Sleep has major impact on children

The transition from the lazy days of summer to the early school mornings can be an important adjustment.

Sleep can impact everything from behavior to grades and new research suggests more and more children are having trouble sleeping.

Difficulties can often be treated with behavior therapy, including a more structured bedtime routine.

However, according to new research from Ohio State University, children are treated with a pill too often.

"None of the medications have been specifically labeled or approved by the FDA for this use so we need to monitor it closely," said Sleep Researcher Milap C. Nahata,Ph.D.

"Some children are actually hyperactive - where they know that they are tired, but in order to stay awake they will stimulate themselves or others around them. So, that's where pulling pigtails and throwing paper planes often interrupts the class room,” added Dr. Adele Evans of Duke University Medical Center.

While school age children need 10 to 11 hours of sleep every night, teenagers need slightly less, said The Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Sleeping problems have been linked as a risk factor for Attention Deficit Disorder and even bed wetting in older children.


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