Your Child's Sleep Habits and You
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The National Sleep Foundation's seventh annual Sleep in America poll is the first to examine children's sleep habits. How are your children sleeping? How is it affecting their health and your sleep? Sleep specialist Judith Owens, MD, MPH, joined us to discuss the poll results and what you can do to improve sleep for the whole family.
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So there are all sorts of cognitive problems that could result from inadequate sleep in young children.
It's an important condition to identify. This is something parents can bring to their child's physician. One of the things we know from the NSF poll is that physicians don't always ask parents about children's sleep habits, so it's very important that parents be aware of potential problems and volunteer that information.
These are indicators that you might be more vigilant in observing your child's sleep and observing him for obstructive sleep apnea.
Do you have any data on possible sleep differences in children in daycare centers vs. home care?
There has been some data from looking at children of working mothers, and that particular study did not find any differences between children whose mothers were employed outside the home and those who were not, in terms of their sleep habits and sleep amounts.
I think that one of the issues with daycare that's very important is that of napping. It's critical that parents make sure that there's adequate time and facilities made available for napping in those children in this age range, namely up until about 5 years of age, who may still require a nap during the day.
How many hours of sleep for what ages are recommended, especially for babies? My son is going on 8 months.
Remember, this recommended amount is over a 24-hour period, so it includes daytime naps in the younger children.
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