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Help for Pediatric Sleep Disorders in Tyler

School-aged children need between 10 and 11 hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep is common in this age group, given increasing school obligations (e.g., homework), evening activities, pre-school activities, and later bedtimes). Sleep problems are common, including sleep walking, night terrors, teeth grinding, nighttime fears, snoring and noisy breathing. Signs of sleep deprivation in school-aged children can include:

Mood. Sleep deprivation may cause your school-aged child to be moody, irritable and cranky. In addition, he or she may have a difficulty regulating their mood, getting frustrated or upset more easily.

Behavior. School-aged children who do not get enough sleep are more likely to have behavior problems, such as non-compliance and hyperactivity, as opposed to an older person who just gets slow and sleepy acting.
Cognitive ability. Inadequate sleep may result in fatigue and problems with attention, memory, decision-making, reaction time and creativity, all of which are important in school. In 25% of children this is mistaken for ADD or ADHD and wrongly treated with stimulants. 

Help your school-age child sleep well

Develop a regular sleep schedule. Your child should go to bed and wake the same time each day. Maintain a consistent bedtime routine. School-aged children continue to benefit from a bedtime routine that is the same every night and includes calm and enjoyable activities, including one-on-one time with a parent.

Establish a soothing sleep environment. It is best to NOT sleep with another person. Make sure your child’s bedroom is comfortable, dark, cool, and quiet. A nightlight is fine; a television or radio is not. Set limits. If your school-aged child stalls at bedtime, be sure to set clear limits, such as what time lights must be turned off and how many bedtime stories you will read. Turn off TV, computer, tablet and cellphone. TV, computer gaming, Internet surfing and other stimulating activities at bedtime and in the hour leading up to bedtime will cause sleep problems.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can be found in sodas, coffee-based products, iced tea, and many other substances. BEWARE OF ENERGY DRINKS! Speak to your child’s physician or Dr. Cates if your child has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, snores, experiences unusual awakenings, or experiences any of the above discussed signs that may be indicating insuffient sleep. 

When your child needs help with a pediatric sleep disorder, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

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