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  • 5 ways to help your child get better sleep

    Jun 17 2015...
    If parents around the world can agree on anything, it’s this — getting kids to sleep is hard. A new study involved 10,085 mothers from 14 different countries. It looked at the effects of what a regular bedtime routine would do for kids who were 5 years old or younger. The results were conclusive. Children with a consistent bedtime routine experienced reduced night awakenings, increased sleep duration, shorter time in bed before falling asleep and earlier bedtimes. These sleep patterns established early on are more likely to be carried through to adulthood. READ MORE>>
  • Every night, sleep right: Classroom poster

    Apr 22 2015...
    Along with nutrition and exercise, healthy sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy sleep is especially important to a child’s growth and development. Children who sleep well are healthier and happier. They also are more alert and ready to learn in the classroom.

    Teachers play an important role in helping their students develop healthy sleep habits that will last a lifetime. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine encourages teachers to download this free poster for display in the classroom. We hope the poster sparks students’ imagination and gets them thinking about the importance of sleep.

    Every night, sleep right classroom poster
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  • Back to school sleep tips for kids

    Aug 11 2014...
    For kids, the long summer of sleeping in, staying up late and enjoying leisurely mornings is coming to a rapid close. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) offers tips to help parents adjust their children’s sleep schedules for both success in school and to promote a healthy lifestyle. READ MORE>>
  • Video preview: Free sleep apps for children

    Nov 22 2013...
    Children will have fun learning about sleep with two new apps from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Each app is available for free download on your iPad, Kindle Fire or Android tablet.

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  • Set a technology curfew to help your child sleep

    Oct 28 2013...
    How can sleep compete for kids’ attention in a new era of on-demand media? Making sure that children have a consistent bedtime is a good starting point. But a bedtime is not enough.

    It’s time for moms and dads to implement Bed 2.0. In addition to establishing a bedtime, parents need to develop some practical rules for media use in the home. This includes setting a technology "curfew” for media devices and cell phones prior to bedtime.

    Parents also should keep the TV and all Internet-connected devices out of a child’s bedroom. It is important for the bedroom to be a calm, quiet retreat from the day’s activities. READ MORE>>
  • Fun, free apps help children learn about sleep

    Oct 14 2013...
    Help your child become a super sleeper using two free children’s apps from the AASM. Download the fun, interactive apps for your iPad, Kindle Fire or Android tablet.

    The AASM recommends sharing the apps with children during the daytime for educational enjoyment and interaction. Special features make learning fun for kids. Each app includes pop-up facts, a coloring book, puzzle, quiz and matching game. READ MORE>>
  • Bringing the comfort of sleep to children around the world

    May 08 2013...
    Sleeping Children Around the World received a 2011 Humanitarian Projects Award from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine established the foundation to enhance sleep health for all through research, education and humanitarian aid. SCAW’s Debbie Dryden provides this personal update. READ MORE>>
  • Let’s move – and sleep – to reduce childhood obesity

    Jan 23 2013...
    The CDC reports that about 17 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are obese. In response to this crisis, many programs are focusing on physical activity. But a new study shows that physical activity alone may not be enough to reduce childhood obesity. Most programs that target obesity focus on activity and nutrition. But these programs may be missing a critical element: sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Rate of ADHD diagnosis in children is rising

    Jan 22 2013...
    A new study reports that the rate of ADHD diagnosis among children has increased over the last decade. The increase may be related to growing awareness of ADHD. Parents also should be aware of the complex link between sleep and ADHD. READ MORE>>
  • Is TV part of your child’s bedtime routine?

    Jan 16 2013...
    A new study examined the “screen time” before bedtime of children and teens. This is the amount of time spent on the computer, watching TV or playing video games. READ MORE>>