Category Archives: Kids and sleep

Are tonsils to blame for my child’s snoring?

Snoring is a sleep destroyer- for the snorer as well as those sleeping (or trying to sleep) nearby. Kids that snore are given the medical label of ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ or ‘Sleep Disordered Breathing’. Whatever, you call it, these kids are not sleeping well and a sleep-deprived kid is likely to be a grumpy, sickly,…
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The Hush Hat that reduces noise for your baby

All parents have been there… that moment when your baby has just nodded off and as you breath a sigh of relief there’s a ‘Ding Dong!’ or ‘Beep beep’ or ‘Woof woof’ ending in a very loud ‘Waaaaaah!’ from baby. When babies first fall asleep, it takes around 15 minutes for them to pass through…
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Why do kids with ADHD struggle to sleep?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects 4-5% of the population. It is synonymous with symptoms such as distractibility, inattention, hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. It appears to affect more boys than girls, with many ‘outgrowing’ these symptoms by adulthood. Having a child who battles to sleep in the house can mean that…
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Nightlights – A do or a don’t?

Nightlights are one of the best sleep interventions for children who fear the dark, but doesn’t having a light on actually prevent a child falling asleep? Artificial light, in particular, can delay melatonin production (which in turn delays sleep onset) so is a nightlight, a sleep ‘do’ or a sleep ‘don’t’? This blog hopes to…
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Three gentle ways to deal with kids’ bedtime anxiety

A lot of kids don’t like going to sleep. They get scared. They feel worried and they imagine all kinds of scary things. If your child is trying everything to delay bedtime, here are three ways to help them deal with their bedtime anxiety:   Happy thoughts It is incredible how powerful words are. Help…
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Crazy critter sleep facts

Is there anything cuter than sleepy, baby animals? Why yes, a whole blog post dedicated to sleepy, baby animals. Read on to discover a bunch of weird and wonderful sleep facts about our furry (and not so furry) friends!   • Rhinos are big and bold and are brave enough to sleep lying down. They…
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Do your kids have a bedtime routine?

Encouraging your kids to sleep requires instilling good sleeping habits. Children respond to and need routine, so create a bedtime ritual that will lead to good sleeping habits and ensure that they get the zzz’s they need. Try these tricks to get their bedtime ritual started… - Set a time for bedtime and stick to…
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Can’t get your teenager out of bed?

Teenagers are renowned for sleeping in long after their mothers and alarm clocks have tried their best to shake them out of slumber. What’s up with these kids and their need to sleep till lunch? If your teen is sleeping in late despite going to bed at a reasonable hour (any time up until 9.30pm)…
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How do astronauts sleep in space?

This week's question comes from a rather small Sealy fan who has made a rather cool observation- "If there is no gravity in space, and everything is weightless, then how do astronauts lie down to sleep and keep their blankets on?" It turns out that some American Astonauts have their own website and blogs where…
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