Sleep Training With Siblings

The sweet sound of silence after you’ve taught your babies the skills to sleep through the night is nothing short of bliss for the whole family. But for the first couple of nights, there’s usually some crying involved, which can cause some strife if you have another child in the house.

Today, I’ll discuss the challenges of sleep training with a sibling in the house, or even in the same room, and give you some tips on how to get through it with a minimal amount of disruption to the rest of your family.

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Visit A Sleep Disorder Center For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping is not just a luxury but a necessity in our lives. We need it in order to function normally and live healthily throughout all the days of our lives. Our sleeping requirement varies as we age. Babies do nothing but just sleep almost the entire day but the length of their sleep reduces as they grow up. Kids still have the biggest requirement because of the rapid growth and development they go through and it is evident in their growing bodies. Once you enter adulthood, sleep becomes more of a luxury because of heavier workload and more responsibilities you have to juggle day in and day out. Yet even if you can claim that your body has reached maturity once you hit adulthood, it does not mean you need less sleep than your younger counterparts.

Sleep is essential for everyone no matter what your age is. Adults need it too because they do so much more now they need the energy to help them last throughout the day and night. They can’t just reason out that they lack sleep as an excuse to skip school or miss work because they should know better that their bodies need to rest too or else they succumb to sickness. It’s the reason why sleep clinics are on the rise these days. Many people finally admit that they lack sleep for a lot of reasons but it should not stop them from getting this lost sleep back with the help of modern science. We are not just simply talking about insomnia or some other sleep distraction but of more chronic, debilitating, and deadly conditions such as sleep disorders.

Dr. John Geyer and his staff at the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorder Center help the community sleep at night, literally. As medical director of the sleep center, Geyer evaluates patients and orders sleep studies based on their problems. Once Craig Schumacher, RPSGT, RST, performs and grades the studies, Geyer reviews the data to decide what treatment is right for his patients.

“The study is primarily to figure out what they have. And

Can Tech Save Us From Being Sleep Zombies?

When we hear the word technology, we immediately think of its negative effects on our health including our sleep. It is easy to get lost for hours on end when we are engaged on our tech gadgets, whether it is a handy smartphone, a multifunctional laptop or PC, or an equally addictive game such as Xbox or PlayStation. However, has it ever occurred to you that you can use technology to your advantage? It might seem incredulous to you especially if you have only seen the dark side of technology that has enslaved the human race but there are actually good technologies that help promote good health and uphold normal and healthy living for one and all.

Have you heard of sleep technology? Well, it simply means the way it is, a technology used to enhance sleep and promote sleep health. They range from small high-tech devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers that monitor and regulate sleep to amazing bed and pillow technologies that can transform the entire sleeping experience. It is high time we do our body good and limit our exposure to dangerous blue light by supporting technologies that help us enjoy sleeping once more and enable us a higher awareness of ourselves so we don’t just easily fall prey to more common tech distractions that are so widespread right now.

Technology is bad for sleep. It keeps us constantly exposed to an endless cycle of bad news, and the blue light emitted by smartphone and tablet displays suppresses our ability to produce melatonin. Combine that with the feelings of inadequacy generated by watching other people’s picture-perfect lives on social media, and it’s no surprise that we’re all restless.

Sleep technology exists to solve this issue, and there were plenty of companies exhibiting new devices here at CES 2018. Many of them intend to tell you how well, or poorly, you have slept each night, in the hope you’ll make better decisions the following day. But, as well as becoming more commonplace, sleep gadgets are going to become far more diverse, at least according to what we

What to do if Your Toddler Stops Napping

Parents of toddlers often encounter this scenario where, out of the blue, their little one just stops taking naps. They’ll lie in their crib, play with their fingers, babble away to themselves, but just refuse to go to sleep.

So what gives? They’re obviously tired and still in need of a daytime nap, so why won’t they close their eyes and get some rest?

I’m happy to tell you that this situation is almost always temporary and fairly easy to get through with the right information, which I’ll provide for you in this week’s video.

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ResMed Joint Venture Launches Smartphone App That Uses Sonar to Track User’s Sleep

SleepScore Labs,  a joint venture between ResMed, Dr Mehmet Oz, and Pegasus Capital Advisors LP, has released a free app that it says can turn any smartphone into a non-contact, standalone sleep tracker.

According to the company, the app, named “SleepScore,” combines the convenience of a free standalone smartphone app with the verified accuracy of sleep-detecting sonar algorithms developed over the past 13 years by ResMed and tested and validated against polysomnography at accredited sleep labs worldwide.

How SleepScore works

Using the smartphone’s speakers, the app sends inaudible sound waves, which are reflected off the user’s body and received back into the microphone. SleepScore’s algorithms then interpret the shape and movement of the reflected sound waves to sense full breathing wave form and body movements. The combination of these signals is used to decipher which sleep stage the user is in (wake, light sleep, deep sleep or REM), as well as the number of times users wake up through the night and the time it takes to fall asleep.

“Sleep affects all facets of people’s health, and yet there has been no easy way to accurately measure or track it everywhere we sleep—until now,” says Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs, in a release. “We’ve been developing this technology longer than the iPhone has existed. We’re excited that for the first time, virtually everyone can get a truer picture of their sleep health for free and make smarter decisions about how to get a more restful night’s sleep.”

App features

  • SleepScore: Each morning, users receive a 1–100 score of how they slept, with a breakdown of what affected their scores, such as sleep length, time to fall asleep, or interruptions.
  • Sleep history: Users can view their SleepScores for the past 7 days.
  • Goal setting: Users can select a sleep goal, such as “Sleep Longer” or “Wake Up Less,” then receive advice and simple challenges to help achieve their goals. After 7 recorded nights, SleepScore will suggest if users should move on to a different goal.
  • Smart Alarm: This alarm wakes the user up at the “ideal moment” in their sleep

The Dangers Of Sleep Apnea Clinics

We may have achieved so much in terms of innovation and advancements but we are still clueless on how to completely eradicate many maladies that make life hard for all of us at one point or another. We have a lot of things going in that 24 hours each day is no longer enough for us to finish everything every single day. While we celebrate at the seeming non-existence of boredom anymore, there are things that pose a new threat, one that is far bigger and more deadly than getting bored of our wits for hours on end. Our addiction to technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and helped keep us entertained 24/7 but it has also deprived us of precious sleep. As a result, we get on with our days with only the minimum number of hours of sleep and it is seriously messing up with our health and well-being.

Chronic lack of sleep and several other sleep-related disorders and issues have prompted the popularity of sleep clinics. Of course, there is a demand for their services, a big one at that. People really have difficulty falling and staying asleep. And even if they do, it isn’t as fitful or as rejuvenating as it should be.

Now, with the demand for sleep clinics continuing to soar, some may take advantage of the situation and this where the problem begins. As of date, many Canadian sleep clinics have been accused of various irregularities. And to improve quality and consistency of care, not to mention uphold patient’s rights and safety, seems like the authorities will have to step in as the dangers can no longer be ignored for people’s lives are in danger in the hands of unqualified personnel who aren’t equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to handle sleep disorders and its management.

Up to 200 sleep apnea clinics in Alberta — which have gone unregulated for years sparking concerns about the quality of patient care — now face new rules introduced Jan. 1 aimed at improving oversight, safety and consistency of care.

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Cannabis For Sleep Apnea

Sleep is not just a luxury but a necessity for us to be healthy and live a long life. You can’t keep on abusing your body by depriving of precious sleep that does a lot of wonders in rejuvenating the body and expect yourself to be of optimal health all the time. There are many curative properties that only sleep can offer. If you are in doubt, go argue with science because they make the rules. Unfortunately, sleep quality and quantity has been deteriorating in recent years because of our obsession with technology. Instead of calling it a day and tucking yourself to bed and doze of the dreamland, you are still up and about going over nonsense things that you never thought mattered to you before until smart technology and social media happened.

It is not nice to constantly lose sleep. If it is your own choice to give up this divine gift, then it is time to change your ways now while you still can but if not, then don’t hesitate in getting yourself checked. There are certain medical conditions that make sleep impossible, not only for yourself but to the person next to you. Sleep apnea is the first thing to come to mind because apparently, many people complain about it, which does not come as a surprise anymore. Just the loud and annoying snoring sound is enough to keep you up all night. It has even ended relationships and marriages, which is just proof of the power of sleep (or the lack of it) over us.

A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

There is currently no drug treatment for sleep apnea, a sleep breathing disorder affecting about 30 million individuals in the United States. In sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted, and these pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and

Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Experience Sleep Problems as Adults

Preliminary results from a study of childhood cancer survivors show they are more likely to experience sleep problems and daytime sleepiness as adults, and those who report poor sleep have a greater likelihood of persistent or worsened emotional distress.

Sleep disorders are related to emotional and physical health in the general population, but research in survivors of childhood cancer is limited. This study characterized sleep behaviors in adults who had survived childhood cancer and examined associations among sleep, cancer diagnoses, treatment exposures, and emotional functioning.

Results show that cancer survivors were more likely than siblings to report sleep problems as adults. After adjustment for age, survivors were 31% more likely to report daytime sleepiness and 26% more likely to have poor sleep efficiency. Relative to survivors without distress, survivors who developed emotional distress from baseline to followup evidenced poor sleep efficiency, restricted sleep time, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, snoring, and frequent use of sleep medications or sleep aids.

“Our results indicate that for survivors of childhood cancer who reported sleep problems, there is a greater likelihood of worsening or persistent psychological distress,” says lead author Lauren Daniel, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey, in a release. “Thus, addressing disrupted sleep in these survivors may improve long-term psychological functioning.”

The study involved 1,933 childhood cancer survivors enrolled in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, 50.8% of whom were female. Participants had a mean age of 35 years and a mean time since diagnosis of 23.5 years. The study also involved 380 siblings with a mean age of 33 years. Both groups completed sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index), fatigue (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue), and sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale) measures. Emotional functioning was assessed about 8 years before and 2 years after the sleep survey.

According to Daniel, the results emphasize the importance of addressing sleep problems in cancer survivors.

“Sleep is quite amenable to behavioral interventions,” Daniel says. “Efforts that improve sleep may improve both health and quality of life in long-term childhood cancer survivors.”

The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement

How Often Should my Baby Wake Up at Night?

I’m not trying to offer a magic number here. Newborns wake more often than infants, who wake up more often than toddlers, and so on. But in today’s video, I’ll give you an idea of how often the average baby wakes up at each stage of life, as well as some insights as to what might be causing your baby to be waking up more often than they should be.

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Sleep Disorders In Children Can Result From Excessive Screen Time

Kids don’t often have the same level of discipline as adults. They easily get distracted and can’t fully commit to a goal. It is in their nature. They undergo rapid growth and development that their personality and preferences also change from time to time. Our modern world does not help either because countless tech distractions keep them preoccupied all day and night long that this habit has a negative effect on their health and well-being. If you look around you today, you can see young kids who are more adept at using tech gadgets that half the adult population. They can easily navigate the web and are even more familiar with the countless apps that litter the World Wide Web. Adults are not the only ones addicted to them but even young kids and teens too and it is proving to be alarming on various levels. Heck, even seniors experience real issues because of them.

If you give your child a smartphone or gadget and allow them full WiFi or Internet access, you may just find your child addicted to it already in a few months’ time and it is all your fault. The hours will just fly by and even studies prove how addicted kids have become to these tech contrivances it has become their way of life. Sleep is crucial to normal growth and development. Children need it the most because they go through various changes in the course of a few years and if they don’t give their bodies the rest and recuperation it needs to grow strong and healthy, their growth may be stunted and their mental capacity may also be affected. It just spells bad news for children and their parents, so it is better to put a limit on their screen time and be hated at times rather than compromise your child’s health and well-being.

Higher use of electronic media is tied to poorer sleep quality in children as young as three, a new study from Germany suggests.

The study investigated the association between media consumption – including electronic media such as television,