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if i don't get enough sleep will it stunt my growth?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Maybe: Depends on the severity and duration of sleep deprivation. The evidence is indirect, since sleep deprivation affects growth hormone levels, and other growth related hormones. No study involving depriving children of sleep in order to prove an effect on growth will ever be done.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: Human growth hormone (hgh) is particularly released during delta phase of sleep, the deepest sleep level. In an adult, hgh is involved in many pathways involved in maximum tissue and organ performance and minimizes age related breakdown. Remember, it is not necessarily total sleep time but more so the quality and level of delta sleep levels that may be at play.

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No: The medical community is pretty united that, under the age of 1 year, this is dangerous and should be avoided. The data is pretty clear that this creates sleep conditions that often turn deadly for children. I personally sit on a pediatric death review board we have 5-10 deaths each month from co-bedding incidents. Some groups strongly advocate it however and claim it should be a choice.
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Is co-sleeping safe?

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Is it important to stick to a sleep schedule?

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Sleep: It is important to start a routine as as early as possible, by six to eight weeks of age. Your baby can see color and detail, also hold his/her head up, and will recognize your voice and be sooth by it. Once you notice these changes, it’s time to introduce healthy sleep routine.
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I have a herniated disc; can I sleep on the couch or is that bad?

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Comfort: You can sleep on the couch while recovering from the herniated disk. It is important to return to the regular bed routine asap to avoid the development of insomnia.

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