Dr. Mindell is Professor of Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric sleep medicine.
1. What is the number one reason children don't sleep enough?
Probably the number one reason is that children are going to bed too late. Research shows that children who go to bed after 9:00 p.m. take longer to fall asleep, wake more often at night, and get less overall sleep. Parents should be aware of how much sleep their child needs and establish an appropriate bedtime.
Washington, DC -- September 3, 2013 -- The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) released its first international poll today, the 2013 International Bedroom Poll, comparing sleep times, attitudes, habits and bedtime routines of those in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.
The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll will focus on Exercise and Sleep. We asked the experts on the poll task force to tell us more about important exercise and sleep topics and the research behind them.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a serious, but treatable condition. The key to living with RLS is managing the symptoms. Lifestyle changes, like limiting caffeine and alcohol, taking iron supplements or a hot bath, or initiating an exercise plan, and seeing a heath care professional to discuss treatment options can help. Everyone experiences RLS differently, so it is important to work with your heath care professional to determine the best way for you to control your symptoms.
How do I know if I have RLS? While there are no lab tests to diagnose RLS, your heath care professional may be able to make an official diagnosis given your responses to several simple questions about your symptoms. These include:
The symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) are often difficult to put into words, as each person’s experience with RLS is different. Some people use comparisons, such as "like ants crawling through my legs" or "like soda running through my veins" to try to describe the symptoms and feelings to their heath care professionals. If you answer "yes" to many of the following questions,8 you may have RLS and should talk to your health care professional about your symptoms:
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is like a fingerprint; everyone's experience with it is unique. Some people call RLS the "frantic muscles" or "jitters." Some people may describe it as aching, tingling sensations deep within their legs, while others may say they feel like lightning is running through their veins. Descriptions such as creeping, crawling, or tugging are also very common words used by people with RLS. While symptoms vary from person to person, they are always accompanied by a strong urge to move the legs.
RLS is a serious condition that has affected people for many years, but it has not always been taken seriously, and is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Approximately 10 percent of American adults1 suffer from this neurological sensorimotor disorder, which causes uncomfortable and sometimes painful tingling, and tugging sensations in the legs. People with RLS often feel as though they have to move their legs, by walking or stretching, in order to make the uncomfortable feelings go away.
"Caleb was two when we first noticed his loud snoring," said Scott, Caleb's father. "We were alarmed but didn't really start to worry until we began hearing him gasp for air between the snores. That made my wife and me very uneasy.