Blog posts by Cami Matthews, MD

Sleep and the College Student

shutterstock_218779564Cramming for exams, research, work, even late-night parties – there are many things that compete for a college student’s time and sleep is often the first thing to go. But getting an adequate amount of sleep is important for a student’s overall health and well-being.

On average, a young adult should get eight to nine hours of sleep. When a person experiences a chronic lack of adequate sleep, there can be numerous and sometimes significant side effects, including:

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

There’s a cute new parody children’s book “Goodnight iPad,” begins like this:

“In the bright buzzing room, there was a iPad, and a kid playing Doom, and a screensaver of a bird launching over the moon…”

Parents in the know will get a chuckle out of the 21st century homage to the classic children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.” But for many of my young patients who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, the parody is unfortunately too close to reality.

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Sweet Dreams for Preschoolers

Sleeping ToddlerMany of us are sleep deprived these days including our children. One of the common culprits of too little sleep and often disrupted sleep is television.

A recent study found that sleep problems were more common in 3 to 5 year olds who watched more television after 7pm. According to the study, about 20 percent of the 112 children involved had sleep problems almost every day of the week. Their issues included difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, nightmares and being sleepy during the day. The children who watched violent television at night had the most sleep problems.

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