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‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep’: Why This Bedtime Book Makes Children Konk Out

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, is a self-published children’s book that practically guarantees to coax even the most bedtime-resistant child into dreamland by the time you turn the final page. Yahoo! Health dove into the science behind the book with Boston Children’s Umakanth Khatwa, MD, sleep laboratory director.

Bedtime story uses psychological tricks to get kids to sleep faster

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Umakanth Khatwa, MD, offered his critique of a new self,-published children's bedtime story currently topping Amazon's Best Sellers List.  "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep," employs psychological and positive reinforcement techniques that promise to make the process easier and help kids to drift off to sleep faster. Dr. Khatwa likened the book to "gentle hypnosis" in a CBS News report.

CDC Says Give Them a Rest: Kids Start Their School Day Too Early

NBC Nightly News reports on a new study from the CDC and Department of Education confirming that middle and high schools start their days too early, potentially affecting kids' academic success and their health. Boston Children’s Hospital’s Judith Owens, MD,  provides her expertise and is also featured in an article from USA Today on the same topic.

More kids are drinking coffee. Is caffeine safe for them?

The Washington Post reports that more kid are drinking coffee in addition to other beverages that contain caffeine. Boston Children’s Judith Owens, MD, explains that caffeine does reduce sleepiness and this might be handy for a high school student tackling a mountain of homework, but later there’s a big downside. You’ll have more trouble falling asleep and more sleep disruptions through the night. For a sleep-deprived nation of teenagers, this is not good news.

Sleep Matters: Are kids getting the zzzzzz’s they need?

USA Today reports that kids all over the country are going to bed too late. Parents estimate that, on school nights, children ages 6 to 10 sleep 8.9 hours, well short of the recommended 10 to 11 hours, according to results of a National Sleep Foundation 2014 Sleep in America Poll. Boston Children’s Judith Owens, MD, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, was a contributor to the article.  

The Walking Dead

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Judith Owens, MD, has been studying the effects of school start times on the well-being of school-age kids—and her conclusions are not encouraging reports The New Yorker magazine. 

Sleep Training: What is the perfect age?

Sleep training is a hot-button issue with many schools of thought, Judith Owens, MD, director of sleep medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, shares her expert advice with Yahoo Parenting.com.

Nap time isn't one-size-fits-all

Reuters Health reports that  a team of Australian researchers reviewed 26 previously published studies on how naps impact sleep at night, as well as learning and behavior during the day. It may come as no surprise to parents that researchers found little consensus beyond the fact that after age two, kids who nap may not sleep as much at night. Boston Children's Judith Owens, MD, provides her insight.

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6 Ways Your Bedroom May Be Sabotaging Your Sleep

Boston Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD (at right), writes an article for Psychology Today about how to make a bedroom most conducive for sleep. 

New book helps parents tackle their kids’ sleep problems

Twenty to thirty percent of children of all ages suffer from some form of sleep disturbance. In Successful Sleep Strategies for Kids, pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dennis Rosen, MD discusses the latest discoveries science has made in the field of sleep. 

Infants, schedules and that so-called slippery road

Boston.com’s “Child Caring” blog answers a reader’s question about getting her baby on a consistent sleep and napping schedule. Boston Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD, provides insight. 

Extra sleep may improve kids' conduct

Reuters reports that letting kids sleep a little longer may help improve their behavior and make them less restless in school, according to a new study. Boston Children’s Umakanth Khatwa, MD, notes that it surprising was how little sleep extension could affect functioning on a day-to-day basis. 

No, you won’t cause your child irreparable harm by teaching him better sleep habits

Huffington Post reports on better sleeping habits for children. Boston Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD, shares insight on the topic.

Overcoming sleep disorders in children

The Boston Globe cover story in the “G” section features sleep apnea, a condition treated more frequently at Boston Children's and other pediatric sleep centers because of increased screening by pediatricians, who ask about snoring and obesity at well visits. Boston Children’s Umakanth Khatwa, MD, MD, and Eliot Katz, MD, explain sleep apnea in kids. 

How much sleep do kids really need?

The Boston Globe (subscription required) reports that while a small percentage of children have disrupted sleep due to sleep apnea, a far greater percentage are exhausted, irritable and distracted throughout the day due to poor sleep hygiene. Boston Children’s, Dennis Rosen, MD, blames the digital age of midnight texts, e-mails and sports alerts. 

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