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New study finds that genes influence insomnia

In the past 5 years I've written about 2 studies that have suggested insomnia may be genetic. This is an interesting area of research, but it doesn't come up all that often. That being said, I recently came across a new study that aimed to investigate whether insomnia in children [...]

Your parenting style may determine whether or not your child ends up with insomnia

Parenting has a huge influence on the sleep of our children. If we don't pay attention to how our kids are sleeping (and put the right level of importance on sleep), childhood sleeplessness can develop into insomnia and other health conditions. I recently came across an older study that investigated [...]

Sleep deprived teenagers more likely to end up obese

A previous study suggested that teenagers need between 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night. Now, researchers are suggesting that teenagers may need as much as 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night - and those that aren't getting enough sleep may be in danger of growing [...]

How the US is destroying the intelligence of its children

Childhood insomnia is serious. Left untreated, it can become worse as a child gets older, making it more difficult to get rid of in adulthood. Although we know this, we're still subjecting our children to sleep deprivation through early school start times, light deprivation and over-exposure to technology. A study recently [...]

Reduce teenage insomnia by canning the energy drinks

Relaxation drinks for insomnia come with health risks - and, perhaps unsurprisingly, so do energy drinks. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now trying to draw more attention to the fact that teenage consumption of energy drinks (especially when mixed with alcohol) can lead to a number of [...]

Tackling insomnia may help children with autism spectrum disorder

I've already written about the link between childhood autism spectrum disorders and insomnia - normally from the perspective that children with autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders often have lower levels of melatonin (an important sleep hormone). An astonishing 50-80% of children with autism spectrum disorders [...]