sleep deprivation and kids

Wellness Wednesday: Day care workers arrested in Chicago for feeding toddlers melatonin gummy bears at naptime

March 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

If you're a parent and you give your children melatonin, that is something you should do with the guidance of a pediatrician and in the privacy of your own home. For a daycare provider to dispense melatonin gummy bears as a "naptime snack" is unethical and illegal. We don't know enough about how melatonin affects children's sleep-wake cycles and overall brain development to be so cavalier about this practice. [...]

Sleep News Special Report || A month’s worth of Homeless ‘Right To Sleep’ coverage

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

The homeless "right to sleep" is both a human and a civil right. Yet homelessness is a global problem of epidemic proportion, with so many innocent people criminalized for being poor. A place to sleep for those without a roof (which includes people who actually have jobs and are working, as well as entire families with nowhere to go) has become impossible to find for untold thousands. The odds of these people turning their lives around become slimmer the longer they "sleep rough," yet getting adequate sleep may be one of the most critical basic needs that could help them. [...]
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