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How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on December 20, 2016

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals. 
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Sleep Medicine Specialist Urges: Don’t Ignore The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 22, 2016

The recent catastrophic NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken highlights one of the perils of undiagnosed sleep apnea – the threat to transportation safety.  As in several other recent calamitous accidents, the engineer fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition that causes sleepiness, and the presence of which he was not aware.  When an individual operates a vehicle of public transportation, whether it be a train, a bus or a plane, many lives are in their hands.  Anytime the operator of one of these modes of transportation becomes drowsy, or worse, falls asleep at the controls, many lives are immediately placed in jeopardy.  This is why these safety-critical personnel should be screened and monitored for their fitness for their work, including identifying the presence of sleep disorders.   In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to issue a safety advisory this week stressing the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment.
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Should Infants Sleep In Their Parents Bedrooms? Tips to Prevent SIDS

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director of Valley’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on November 14, 2016

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that infants sleep in their parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed — but on a separate surface designed for infants — for at least 6 months, and preferably up to 1 year of age. Such a sleeping arrangement decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent, according to the AAP.
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The Importance of Sleep in Children and Teens

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on August 16, 2016

Are your children getting enough sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for children can vary quite a bit depending on the age of the child.
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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM; Medical Director; The Center for Sleep Medicine at The Valley Hospital

Posted on October 31, 2014

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. That means setting your clocks back an hour. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't nearly as disruptive to our bodies as "springing forward." Our circadian rhythms, or our bodies' natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier. 
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How’s Your Sleep?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine at The Valley Hospital

Posted on August 30, 2013

A new report showing an increasing use of prescription sleep aids among American adults highlights a troubling issue: millions of Americans are not getting enough sleep, either due to poor sleep habits; school or work schedules; or a sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome.
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