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Changing sleep patterns during puberty

 In my work with teenagers, sleep is one of the most common complaints. It is usually sleep patterns that are "messed up". They struggle to fall asleep at night and then they struggle to get up in the morning. This off course has a impact on their attendance at school. Dahl says in Beyond Raging Hormones:...
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Beyond Raging Hormones: The Tinderbox in the Teenage Brain

“Youth are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.” —Aristotle “In adolescence, physical health is approaching its peak. Adolescents are not only bigger and stronger than children, but also show developmental increases in a wide range of mental and physical abilities, including reaction time, reasoning skills, problem solving, immune function, and capacity to cope with...
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Being a teen – Introduction to the turbulent phase we call puberty

I found reading the articles about the brain and teen development through puberty and how it influences many areas of development fascinating. Maybe it is because my boys are in the middle of this phase and it made me understand a few things about teen behavior so much better.  Robin Nixon (Adolescent Angst) says: “After...
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Night Terrors…

"Let’s start with an issue which commonly affects our young children and is often confused with nightmares. What are night terrors in children? Those of you who have witnessed a night terror will know how they came to be named! I witnessed a relative of mine have several of these when he and I were both young...
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Bedtime Monsters…

"I once heard that young children are hardwired to dream about frightening, child-eating creatures. Apparently it’s an evolutionary advantage to have had a few practise runs before being chased by a real sabre-tooth tiger. These nightmares affect 50% of children and occur most often in the 3-6 year age group. Children’s brains have adapted to...
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Sleep research needed

Why is research on children’s pain and sleep important? "Research shows a link between pediatric pain and/or sleep, and function. For example, insufficient sleep may sensitize children to the pain experience, while pain interferes with the quality and quantity of sleep. Without restorative sleep important aspects of sensory processing, cognition and all other areas of...
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Sleep guidelines

"So how much sleep does a child need? The amount of time a child sleeps can vary greatly, but here’s a guide for the amount of sleep an average child needs in 24 hours: Newborn baby 16 hours 3 – 6 months 14 – 15 hours 9 months – 2 years 13 – 14 hours 3 – 5 years 11...
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