Iowa Sleep Blog

Developing healthy sleep habits in children

Monday, August 03, 2015
From birth, sleep is established as a critical element to overall health and general wellbeing. Getting adequate amounts of sleep helps the body to function at its highest level. When children are young, sleep is something they need, but might not be too interested in, instead favoring a couple extra minutes of playing outside or watching TV. Make bedtime a little easier on everyone with these ..

ADHD or OSA?

Monday, January 19, 2015
Many are quick to call a child’s hyperactivity or lack of focus in the classroom Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, 11 percent of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2011. If your child is having a hard time staying focused during the day, the real problem may be what happens at night. While obstructive sleep apneas (http://www.iowasleep.com/common-problems/o ..

Halloween Night Mares and Night Terrors

Friday, October 31, 2014
How to Deal with Halloween Night Mares and Night Terrors While Halloween is a favorite holiday amongst children of all ages, it can often be a stressful time for parents. During Halloween season, children can be exposed to scary and sometimes disturbing costumes, causing them to become scared or alarmed. In some cases, this fear can be brought out while a child is sleeping, causing a ..

How Electronic Devices Affect Teens’ Sleep

Friday, September 12, 2014
Technology is everywhere, and increasingly, it’s found in children’s and teens’ bedrooms. Checking social media from a smartphone, watching a TV show on a tablet, or playing a video game may seem harmless, but these devices have a significant impact on your amount and quality of sleep. They often are used past a person’s planned bedtime, and their light and sounds have  ..

How to Maintain Your Child’s Sleep Habits on Vacation

Monday, June 30, 2014
When you plan your family vacations, you probably have a full list of activities to schedule, but have you allowed enough time to sleep and recharge between activities? Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule on vacation will help you feel refreshed while you’re away and once you return – especially if you’re traveling with small children. To get the most out of your family ..