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10/11/20142 minute read


Sleep disorders leading to groggy children

Busy lives, smartphones and poor sleep habits are all contributing to groggy children suffering from the same sleep disorders as adults. But Dr. Laura Sterni, director of the Johns Hopkins Paediatric Sleep Centre at Mount Washington Paediatric Hospital, said treating sleep ailments in children takes a different approach form that used for adults.

How common is it for children to suffer from sleep disorders, and what kinds of sleep disorders do children suffer from?

Sleep disorders are very common in children. There are many types of sleep disorders that can be seen in children, and the types of disorders change as children grow.

Infants and toddlers, for example, may have trouble with things such as bedtime resistance, frequent night-waking and nighttime fears. Older children and adolescents may suffer from difficulty falling or staying asleep at night and sleep deprivation because of poor sleep schedules. Insufficient sleep is a significant problem for our teenagers who are challenged by early school start times and multiple daytime and evening activities and demands. Sleep deprivation leads to missed school days and late school arrival and can have a negative impact on mood, behaviour and school performance.

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Groggy describe someone who is weak and unable to think or move well because he is ill/sick or very tired.

1. The sleeping pills left her feeling very groggy.

2. Everyone was groggy, exhausted even before the day began.

3. He’s still groggy from the anaesthetic.

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