Some parents don't realize their child has a sleeping problem.
Dr. Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, provides some solutions to the rising problem.
- There are delayed circadian rhythms and an increased need for sleep during adolescence.
- Short sleep duration in adolescents is associated with increase in weight and fat.
- ADD is associated with sleep disturbance and sleep deprivation. Sleepiness in children can manifest as ADD symptoms.
- Children and Adolescents should get 9.25 hours of sleep per night
- Avoid bright light after 9:30 p.m.
- Stop television, games and computer activities about 2 hours before bedtime
- Avoid eating heavy meals 3 hours before bedtime
- Avoid exercise 3 hours before bedtime.