Sleep Relation To Pediatric Health
The welfare and health of our children are our priority as parents. Instilling good sleeping habits at the earliest stage and age as we can is very important for the development and long-term well-being of all children.
According to studies, 30% of the children are experiencing sleep disorders that vary on severity and age. These sleep problems interfere with health, safety, school performance and also impacts the family and sets our children up for chronic and serious health problems in the future.
Here is a list of common sleep problems that a 2-15-year-old child can experience:
Nightmares - This is a disturbing dream associated with negative feelings, such as anxiety or fear that awakens you. Nightmares are common in children but can happen at any age, and occasional nightmares usually are nothing to worry
Sleepwalking - This also known as somnambulism, it involves getting up and walking around while in a state of sleep. More common in children than adults, sleepwalking is usually outgrown by the teen years. Isolated incidents of sleepwalking often don't signal any serious problems or require treatment.
Insomnia - Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint. It shows difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep
Bruxism - This is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth effects to the sound of teeth grinding. The risk of developing dental problems is high.
Sleep apnea - Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you are experiencing sleep apnea, you may snore loudly or make choking noises as you try to breathe then your brain and body become oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.
Teaching our children the proper sleeping habits like time to sleep, naps, no gadgets during sleep time can help them avoid these disorders that can hinder their daily lives as well as development.