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8 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Strike a Sleep Balance

A  poll by Sarah Clark and her team at the University of Michigan of 2000 parents has found that 1 in 6 parents are encountering sleep problems in their teens.  Clark and Mary Carskadon, a longtime sleep researcher and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University share these evidence-based tips for weary teens and their parents [...]

By |2018-10-15T17:30:59+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Headspace Finds 32pc of Youth in Psychological Distress

Data released this week through Headspace’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation revealed 32 per cent of young Australians report high or very high levels of psychological distress. Headspace Kalgoorlie manager Ashley Cridland said those levels had tripled in the last 10 years. “Young people face a unique set of challenges compared to previous generations and [...]

By |2018-10-15T17:10:43+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Sleep|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Study Finds Sleep-Deprived Kids are Prone to Riskier Behaviour

Notice your kids acting out or not quite their usual selves? Chances are they might not be getting enough shut-eye, finds new study. According to new research published in the Journal Jama Pediatrics, kids who managed less sleep than their peers were likelier to engage in risk-taking behaviour such as using illicit substances and unprotected [...]

By |2018-10-15T16:58:14+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Survey Raises Worries About how Screen Time Affects Kids’ Brains

Nearly two out of three U.S. kids spend more than two hours a day looking at screens, a new analysis of activity levels finds. And those children perform worse on memory, language and thinking tests than kids who spend less time in front of a device, the study of over 4,500 8- to 11-year-olds shows. [...]

Behavioural Sleep Problems in School Aged Children

What are some common behavioural sleep problems in children? The most common issues are: not getting into bed; not settling into sleep; not staying in their own bed; waking up at night; getting up in the morning and / or not getting enough sleep. What can you do to get your child into bed at [...]

By |2018-10-05T10:15:05+00:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Biological Reason why it’s so Hard for Teenagers to Wake up Early for School

In societies the world over, teenagers are blamed for staying up late, then struggling to wake up in the morning. While it’s true that plenty of teenagers (like many adults) do have bad bedtime habits, researchers have long since proven that this global problem has a biological cause. In 2004, researchers at the University of [...]

By |2018-09-24T12:07:50+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Double Paradox of Teen “Back to School” Sleep

Sleep supposedly refreshes and recharges our exhausted bodies. Holidays likewise have the same effect. Why then, after a long summer holiday, are teachers and parents seeing many teenagers returning to school in an exhausted and sleep deprived state? Why, also, do they seem, paradoxically, to be most sleepy first thing in the mornings, and over [...]

By |2018-09-24T11:56:25+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

When it comes to teens getting enough sleep, numerous forces are working against them. Early school start times are wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms. An overload of after-school activities is turning bedtime into gotta-start-on-homework time. The buzz of texts from friends, the screens shining in their faces and the constant lure of just one [...]

By |2018-09-24T12:13:28+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Scientists Just Found The Neurological Link Between Poor Sleep And Depression

Research has long associated poor sleep with an increased risk of depression, but scientists have just identified the neural mechanism responsible for this link – a discovery that could lead to better treatments in the future. Researchers found a strong connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for short-term memory), the precuneus (linked with ideas [...]

Being Exposed to Light During Sleep Linked to Depression

It may be time to invest in some blackout curtains, according to new research. A study published recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a strong association between even low-level nighttime light exposure and depressive symptoms among elderly adults. The researchers measured nighttime light levels in the bedrooms of 863 elderly Japanese adults by placing ceiling-facing light [...]