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  • Interruptions, fragmented sleep may be same as barely any sleep

    Jul 15 2014...
    When parents of infant children talk about their lives, you’ll hear words like “exhausting” or “hellish” nearly as often as “miraculous” and “life changing.” New parents have notoriously disturbed sleep. Whether the crying is for a feeding, a diaper change or nothing at all, the result is always the same: fragmented sleep.

    The price of multiple night waking is the same as staying up nearly the entire night. Scientifically speaking, the negative cognitive impact, shortened attention span and poor moods are equivalent to no more than four consecutive hours of sleep.

    It’s hard to blame them for having mixed feelings about parenting. They often wake up in the morning feeling more tired than the night before. READ MORE>>
  • Babies’ brains process emotional tone of voice even while asleep

    Apr 02 2013...
    Being exposed to arguing parents is associated with the way babies' brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a newly published study by University of Oregon researchers.

    UO doctoral student Alice Graham, working with her faculty advisers Phil Fisher and Jennifer Pfeifer, found that infants respond to angry tone of voice, even when they're asleep. The study appears in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. READ MORE>>
  • Stick to baby's sleep schedule during holidays

    Nov 21 2012...
    With the holidays quickly approaching many people are planning to travel and that could mean disruptions in your baby’s sleep schedule. If you stick to their normal sleep routine as much as possible, during the holidays, once the holidays are over it may be easier to get back on track.

    Most babies are able to start sleeping for long stretches between 3 and 6 months of age and from a very early age, parents can start establishing positive sleep habits, according to Dr. Jodi Mindell, Associate Director at the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Premature babies at higher risk for sleep apnea

    Nov 08 2012...
    A new study takes a look at the link between preterm births and obstructive sleep apnea. Children born preterm were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea than those born at term.

    The study involved a group of nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 2.5 and 6-years-old, born in Australia between 2000 and 2004. It found that babies born at less than 32 weeks were significantly more likely to have the diagnosis of sleep apnea (2.7%) than babies born at term (1.0%). READ MORE>>
  • Snoring in infancy linked to impaired cognitive development

    Dec 08 2011...
    Two studies from Australia associate snoring in the first year of life to impaired cognitive development. Researchers suggest that lower cognitive development could become worse in these infants with age. READ MORE>>
  • Rock-a-bye Baby: Bedtime Advice for Moms

    Oct 15 2011...
    Moms have a new source of help for putting baby to sleep – the Internet. A yearlong review of the online Customized Sleep Profile shows that the advice given out there worked. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Tips for Back to School

    Aug 13 2010...
    It’s that time of year again when parents have to break the bad habits that keep kids up late during the summer months. The switch to an early morning wake-up call that comes with the start of school is the source frustration for parents. Getting kids to put down the Playstation controller and get to bed at a decent hour can be met with fits of refusal. READ MORE>>
  • Infant Sleep Apnea

    Oct 26 2009...
    Obstructive sleep apnea is common in adults; OSA also occurs in children, especially in preschoolers. Central sleep apnea is most common in middle-aged and older adults. But did you know that infants can have sleep apnea too? READ MORE>>
  • Help your infant or toddler sleep with this simple bedtime routine

    May 01 2009...
    The solution to your child’s sleep problems might be a bedtime routine. A study in the journal Sleep shows that a nightly routine helps young children sleep better. READ MORE>>
  • Ongoing Debate: The Best Way to Get Your Baby to Sleep

    Apr 06 2009...
    What’s the best way to get your baby to sleep through the night? Most new parents are desperate to know the answer. The AASM reports that bedtime problems and frequent night wakings occur in about 20 percent to 30 percent of young children. READ MORE>>