A humorous Adult Book:
Go the Fu*k to sleep
More and more parents are treating sleepless kids with melatonin or other medication.
Is this only a band-aid / quick fix and is there under-lying issues? Some kids may have low melatonin production but in most cases it is related to environment.
Very interesting Story “Sleepless Kids Treated with Melatonin to Get to Dreamland” below about this issue from CBC Radio – The Current
It also talks about how anxiety and social media (feeling of missing out) and other issues might be part of it and related information.
See summary of story and link to video below.
Also here is a related story about light pollution, shift work and other things that impacts our circadian rhythm and health:
Lights Out – The Nature of things – CBC Player
We explore how the type of light we are exposed to in the hours between dusk and bedtime can play tricks on our bodies and cancel the healthful benefits naturally triggered by the absence of light.
The Nature of Things | Season 2012-2013, Episode 6 | Jun 5, 2014 | 45:14
Sleepless Kids Treated with Melatonin to Get to Dreamland
The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio – Sept 25 2015
After a warm bath, a bedtime story and a nice tucking in, sometimes kids just… Will NOT Go To Sleep.
New research says up to seventy per cent of kids have sleep problems — which is much more than previously thought.
What’s even more alarming, say some doctors, is how many parents are turning to supplements like melatonin, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication, to help their kids drift off.
Sleepless kids treated with melatonin to get to dreamland – Home | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio
A new study states 6 per cent of children are given prescription medication to help them sleep.
Michelle Ferreri knows the sleep struggle all too well. Her eight-year-old son takes melatonin to treat his sleep issues. She joined us from Lakefield, Ontario.
Dr. Dirk Bock is one of the authors of the new study on sleep disorders and kids… which found a significant number of children have sleep troubles — and many of those, are being medicated. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Pediatrics at Western University & an Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario.
Connie Schnoes works directly with kids and their parents when sleep issues come up. She’s Director of the National Behavioral Health Dissemination, and Supervising Practitioner at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health. She uses a solution to help frustrated kids and parents at bedtime… one she’s found to be very effective… no medication involved. She calls it the “bedtime pass.”