Tag Archive: sleep

When dreams go bad: 5 Tips for Parents

Nightmares are a normal part of growing up, but parents can help kids to cope.

FA070 – Anatomy of Three Things

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent stories from the familyanatomy.com website, including: Food ads lead to snacking, and some portray drug-seeking behaviour Caffeine reduces memory loss, at least in mice Ritalin works better for bad sleepers Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in…

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Good Sleepers Get Less Benefit from ADHD Meds

Researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University in Montreal have spent years examining the sleep of children diagnosed with ADHD. In a study published in 2007 in the journal Sleep, Dr. Ruet Gruber and colleagues looked at the performance of 37 six to twelve year olds with ADHD on a test…

Sleep problems, nightmares linked to suicide and mental illness

Psych Central today reported on several papers presented at SLEEP 2009, a Seattle conference of sleep researchers organized by The Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Together, the data suggest that problems with sleep, including insomnia and nightmares, are linked to anxiety, depression, and suicide risk. Dr. Philip Gehrman of the University of Pennsylvania examined data from…

Sleep problems lead to school problems

It probably comes as no surprise that researchers have linked problems with sleep to poor school performance. In fact, there is strong evidence that the effect of stress on schoolwork is actually related to the impact of stress on sleep! Studies have measured academic skills in a number of ways; teacher ratings, grades, individual and…

Fat Intake Can Disrupt Sleep

Researcher Cibele Crispim of the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil conducted a study to find out how fat intake is related to sleep. She studied 52 volunteers between 20 and 45 years old. She had her participants record what they ate over a three day period. Polysomnographic recordings were also taken to evaluate their…

Does the "cry it out" sleep method refer to the parents or the child?

Over at the Attachment Parenting blog, I found an article about getting babies to sleep that reminded me of my experience. We talked about sleep waaaaay back in Episodes 2 & 3 of The Family Anatomy Show, but I think it’s worth revisiting. Historically there have been two major schools of thought about getting babies…

Coffee Doesn't Help Your Memory – (If you've had a cup, you may want to read that again!)

A startling 90% of people drink coffee on a daily basis. A large number of these people use caffeine to help them be alert and focused as they start the day. However, a recent study at the University of California, San Diego led by Sara Mednick suggests that while coffee does help you concentrate and…