A Season of Bedtime Challenges

October 28, 2014 12:19 PM

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A Season of Bedtime Challenges

But because parents know it's coming, they can prepare by monitoring what the kids consume, by maintaining calm, consistent schedules and by slowly shifting bedtime over a few days to accommodate the new time settings. There may be significant individual differences in how individuals respond to the loads of sugar inside those trick-or-treat sacks, and whether it affects sleep, so it's wise to observe each child's response to sugar.

It seems intuitive that eating sugary snacks right before bedtime would disrupt sleep. Surprisingly, the scientific literature regarding the effects of sugar on sleep is lacking, though moderation, even on Halloween, is always recommended. Clinical psychologist and pediatric sleep specialist, Dr. Me...

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