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Understanding Adolescent Sleep

Posted in on Aug 17, 2023. Tags: ,

Our sleep needs change as we age and during adolescence, teenage sleep undergoes a shift that often works against many expectations set forth by academic and social schedules. It is important to understand how these changes affect children during their middle school and high school years in order to best support their physical health and wellbeing, academic success and extracurricular participation from the arts to athletics to part time jobs.

The “afternoon crash” is well-documented: people of all ages may feel drowsy in the afternoon, experiencing an energy deficit that prompts some to take a nap and others to look for a snack. Many people experience drowsiness at another set time, but they don’t notice it because they’re asleep: the second crash happens between 2-4 a.m., according to the National Sleep Foundation.

It is our circadian rhythm that is responsible for this — it is the force that regulates our internal clock and drives our sleep/wake cycle. The severity of the energy crash is heightened in people who don’t get enough sleep. By contrast, those who get adequate rest typically do not experience as much of a...

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Understanding Newborn Sleep

Posted in on Feb 6, 2023. Tags: ,

If you are a first-time parent, worry and doubt about how long and how often your baby needs to sleep might be causing you some sleepless nights.  And as no two babies are alike, even a seasoned parent might be wondering what to make of baby #2 or #5 who isn’t following any of the patterns of their older siblings.

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Daylight Savings Time Tips for Parents

Posted in on Nov 4, 2022. Tags:

The switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time and vice versa can take its toll on a family’s energy level. While springing an hour forward or back may not be a big deal for most adults, it can really upset a child’s sleep pattern, which results in tired parents.

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Sleeping during pregnancy

Posted in on Oct 25, 2022. Tags: , ,

Sleeping during pregnancy can be challenging, even for women who have never experienced sleep issues before getting pregnant. Throughout your pregnancy, your body and your life are changing in huge ways – hormone levels surge potentially causing a variety of side effects and you are also mentally and emotionally preparing to welcome a tiny human into your life, whether this is your first baby or your third. 

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