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insomnia in children

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 [...]

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 [...]

Childhood insomnia is far more common in children who are bullied

The consequences of childhood insomnia are serious. Therefore, it's important to detect and treat insomnia in children early. One study looked at the sleep of over 4,000 students of secondary school age and found that children who were bullied were almost 20 times more likely to suffer from insomnia compared to other [...]

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 [...]

Too many cases of childhood insomnia, too much medication being prescribed

I've written before about childhood insomnia. Now I'm reading reports that insomnia is a particular problem among children receiving mental health treatment. According to a recent press release, a study by Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island found that insomnia is a significant clinical issue for nearly a third of [...]

The importance of sleep in children

If you have children under the age of 21, consider this article from The Guardian a must read. It explains just how important sleep is for children and the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Some key points from the article: 90% of American parents think their child is getting [...]