August 2018

Sleeping Problems

Back to School Stress

Teen Depression

Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Problems

As summer winds down, it's a great time to take stock of your sleep patterns. School-age children aren’t the only ones who need to be mindful of adjusting sleep patterns. But making that change doesn’t come easy to everyone. 
If you have sleep difficulties, you’re not alone. As many as 40 million Americans are afflicted with some type of sleep-related problem.

While some sleep problems may be linked to biological changes associated with aging or certain physical diseases, others may be associated with a mental illness. Sleep problems are particularly common in patients with anxietydepression, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Several common sleep disorders are:
  • Disturbed sleep (insomnia) 
  • Excessive sleep (hypersomnia)
  • Lack of sleep (sleep deprivation)
Sleep experts recommend getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Here are some tips to help you practice sensible sleep habits:
  • Stick to a sleep schedule
  • Limit daytime naps
  • Limit screen time before bed
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol
  • Don’t exercise too close to bedtime
If you're having chronic sleep difficulties, talk with your family doctor. Identifying and treating any underlying causes can help you get the better sleep you deserve. If you need additional help, ask for a referral to a sleep specialist.

Back-to-School Stress

Heading back to school can be tough on kids. A new school year can bring a wide range of emotions, such as fear, excitement and anticipation. Talking with your children is one of the best ways to relieve stress and build resilience. Staying calm and relaxed will allow your child to draw strength and comfort from your attitude. Creating open lines of communication lets your child know you are there for support.

Teen Depression

Symptoms of depression in teens aren’t always easy to identify because they often appear as normal adolescent behavior. But teen depression is more than just a phase. It can interfere with daily life and even lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Seek professional help if you suspect your teen suffers from depression, and choose a provider who specializes in treating teenagers. The provider may suggest either talk therapy or medication, or both.
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