2013-05-20 13:50:29 by Andrea Joliet, Assistant Director, Interactive Marketing & PR, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
An estimated 75 percent of children younger than 12 consume caffeine on a daily basis, and the more caffeine kids consume, the more likely they have sleep problems, according to a recent study.*
While the study stops short of stating that caffeine causes sleep problems, pediatric pulmonologist Greg Omlor, director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Sleep Center, said there’s no doubt caffeine interferes with sleep. After all, caffeine is a stimulant often used by adults to help wake up in the morning and remain alert throughout the day.
Dr. Omlor offers parents these 5 tips to control their kids’ caffeine consumption:
If your child is experiencing sleep problems, encourage her to keep a sleep diary to record how much time she slept the night before and how she feels the next day. After one week, review the diary with her and look for potential influences on the quality and quantity of sleep, such as drinking caffeinated beverages or watching TV. If you still are concerned about her sleep, contact the Akron Children’s Hospital Sleep Center at 330-543-8318.
For age-appropriate guidelines on how much sleep is enough, as well as other sleep-related issues and tips, check out our Tips to Grow By® on healthy sleep habits.
* The study, "Caffeine Consumption in Young Children," was published in the December 2010 Journal of Pediatrics.
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