Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Childhood sleep difficulties contribute to medical expenses
Here is an article about a study done in Australian children. The results showed that one in three children have trouble starting or staying asleep. This included infants to elementary school aged children. Of course you have to keep in mind that this is just a survey of parents observations, and it makes me wonder how difficulty sleeping was defined. What was interesting to me was how the parents tended to seek medical care, and more importantly, medications, for their kids perceived sleep problems. Although giving a child a sleep aid seems easy, it doesn't teach them how to sleep on their own. Good sleep tips are provided at the end of the article.