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How to improve sleep in children with autism

Lack of sleep, insomnia and other sleep disturbances are common in children with autism spectrum disorders, and a new study recently set out to determine whether melatonin could help. The study found that children with autism spectrum disorders such as autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders [...]

The link between eating problems and behavioral insomnia in toddlers

Up to 30% of children between the ages of six months and three years regularly resist bedtime or have trouble staying asleep. This is known as behavioral insomnia and it may be linked to your child's eating habits. According to research published in the journal Pediatrics, parents of children with [...]

Computers and phones can cause insomnia and leg pain in children

We've already mentioned that text messaging may cause insomnia in children. Now, data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians argues that the use of any communication technology among children and adolescents is associated with insomnia, excessive movements and leg pain during the night. Daytime [...]

Childhood insomnia increases risk of heart disease and stroke

Childhood insomnia needs to be taken more seriously and new research confirms this. Teenagers with sleep disorders tend to have a higher body mass index which can lead to higher levels of cholesterol - a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Even more worrying, in a study of over [...]

Relieve childhood insomnia by giving children access to sunlight

According to research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a lack of exposure to natural outdoor light is messing with our biorhythms - especially in teenagers. The researchers found that inadequate exposure to morning light results in children performing less well in standardized tests and that early school start times and inferior natural [...]

Insomnia encourages teenagers to overeat

We've mentioned before that insomniacs are more likely to gain excess weight. Now, a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center has found that teenagers who sleep less than eight hours on weeknights consume an average of 245 more calories per day than those who [...]