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I can't believe my toddler's delay tactics when it comes to sleep! i'm exhausted. Help

I can't believe my toddler's delay tactics when it comes to sleep! i'm exhausted. Help

Routine and assert.: First, remember that the child is stalling because YOU let them stall. They continue to do it because it WORKS! They are smart creatures and follow patterns. Be assertive and set limits - I.e. Timmy you have three more books and then mama is leaving. Then follow through. Don't fall for the stall. There will be challenges but stick to it! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Why don't I like to sleep? I delay sleeping as much as I can. I'm 23, and this happened even when I was a child. Do I need to see a psychiatrist?

Why don't I like to sleep? I delay sleeping as much as I can. I'm 23, and this happened even when I was a child. Do I need to see a psychiatrist?

If Emotional - Yes: If you feel the reason you don't want to sleep is emotional then a psychiatrist or psychologist can help. If it is something else consider asking your doctor to order a sleep study to see your brain activity and other bodily functions as your try to go to sleep. You could also look at Dr. Joshua Batt's checklist on Sleeping Better here at Health Tap. ...Read more

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If a child's sleep apnea caused developmental delays, the problem was solved with a t&a, how long would it take for them to catch up?

If a child's sleep apnea caused developmental delays, the problem was solved with a t&a, how long would it take for them to catch up?

Hard to say: To the extent that a child is unrested, lack of attention may cause them to fall behind their peer group in many areas of development. Improvement in their sleep quality may allow for catch-up progress over time, but this is hard to predict.If the child had other ongoing issues, or the sleep apnea was bad enough to produce some impairment, a return to normal may be difficult. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how common is delayed phase sleep syndrome?

Can you tell me how common is delayed phase sleep syndrome?

Not known: The incidence of delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) isn't known. A recent large study showed that it affects young men the most. About 7% of people w dsps are teens. Of people w sleep -wake schedule disorders – it makes up about 40%. ...Read more

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How can I fix a delayed sleep phase?

How can I fix a delayed sleep phase?

Slowly: Our body's sleep mechanisms don't like abrupt change. Depending on how many hours your phase delay is, it can take weeks/months. First bit of advice is to slowly shift sleep/wake times. Try 15 minute changes, and then don't 'graduate' to another 15-min shift until you're falling asleep w/in 30 min at your new bedtime. Melatonin at night may help. Bright light in morning; dark as possible at night. ...Read more

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How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

Sleep log: Usually the diagnostic workup begins with a 7 day sleep log and a questionnaire that determines your best time of performance. Medical, other sleep disorders and psychiatric illnessness must also be ruled out. A sleep study can also be helpful. ...Read more

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What is delayed sleep phase syndrome?

What is delayed sleep phase syndrome?

DSPS: Simply put, dsps is when a person can fall asleep and stay asleep normally (ie, insomnia is not an issue) but they habitually fall asleep late at night, such as 2-3 am. They also sleep a normal number of hours. Advanced sleep phase disorder is the exact same thing but the person sleeps early such as 7-8 pm. Think college student and elderly person respectively. ...Read more

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What is delayed sleep phase disorder?

What is delayed sleep phase disorder?

Teenage sleep: This is commonly found in teenagers. It occurs when a person stays up later and later and sleeps later and later. Thus shifting their sleep wake cycle so that they sleep more in the day and stay up more at night, it can be treated with chronotherapy - walking the person around the clock to the correct times. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of delayed sleep symptom?

What are the symptoms of delayed sleep symptom?

Teenager sleep: Delayed sleep phase syndrome is often seen in teenagers. The symptoms are easy to spot - he/she stays up till early in the morning then sleeps late into the afternoon if allowed. If going to school is tired at school and may sleep in class, the therapy is chronotherapy to correct the body's clock. ...Read more

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What actually is a delayed sleep phase syndrome?

What actually is a delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Circadian disorder: Delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) is partly a genetic condition that results in the delayed timing of sleep with respect to the signal generated by the endogenous biological clock. People with dsps cannot fall asleep until very late at night and then sleep late into the day. Moving one's wake-up time earlier by increments each day, evening melatonin, or morning bright light can ameliorate dsps. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a delayed sleep phase?

What kind of condition is a delayed sleep phase?

Circadian disorder: Delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) is partly a genetic condition that results in the delayed timing of sleep with respect to the signal generated by the endogenous biological clock. One's habitual schedule of exposure to light and dark can contribute to and maintain dsps. Moving one's wake-up time earlier by increments each day, evening melatonin, or morning bright light can ameliorate dsps. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for delayed sleep phase?

Are there home remedies for delayed sleep phase?

Sleep restriction: Sleep restriction therapy - you figure out how many hours you're actually sleeping, then limit your window of sleep time to that amount. Gradually, as you sleep for that whole time you lengthen it. It is hard because you will be tired for days/week as you implement it. It is hard to explain in detail in such a short field but many therapists and books can help with this. It works well though! ...Read more

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I have delayed sleep phase syndrome, what is it?

Delayed sleep phase: This is a sleep disorder in which you sleep predominantly during the day and stay awake late at night. Your sleep wake cycle has been delayed, it can be treated with chronotherapy in order to reset your your sleep point and wake point. ...Read more

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What's the cause of delayed sleep phase disorder?

What's the cause of delayed sleep phase disorder?

Habits, light, genes: Delayed sleep phase syndrome is a partly genetic condition whereby one's sleep-wake schedule is greatly delayed with respect to the timing of one's internal biological clock. Causes include 1) habitually intentionally staying up late (e.g. To play video games), 2) exposure to too much light before bedtime, 3) exposure to too little light upon awakening, 4) genetic predisposition, 5) certain meds. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of delayed sleep phase?

What are the main symptoms of delayed sleep phase?

Symptoms: Include not being able to fall asleep at a "normal" time. A lot of patients can't fall asleep before 2-6 am. As a result, you can't wake up before 10 am to 1 pm. If you must get up, you feel sleepy/tired till late afternoon. These things reduce your ability to function, leading to job and relationship problems. ...Read more

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Are add and delayed sleep phase syndrome connected?

Not necessarily: Add and delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) are not necessarily connected. There is some research however that shows that up to 20% of sleep deprived children have add. Treating the cause of sleep deprivation improves, but does not necessarily resolve the add. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have delayed sleep phase syndrome?

How to tell if I have delayed sleep phase syndrome?

I would encourage: You to read this article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/delayed-sleep-phase/. If your sleep pattern is off by 2 or more hours ; you are falling asleep later and waking up later you may have delayed sleep phase. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have delayed sleep phase disorder?

How do I know if I have delayed sleep phase disorder?

Chk DSPD signs below: Delayed sleep-phase disorder (dspd), also known as delayed sleep-phase syndrome (dsps), is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder affecting the timing of sleep, peak period of alertness, the core body temperature rhythm, hormonal and other daily rhythms, compared to the general population and relative to societal requirements. People with dspd, equally distributed among adults. ...Read more

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I have delayed sleep phase disorder, what should I do?

I have delayed sleep phase disorder, what should I do?

Delayed Sleep Phase: Discuss with your medical provider/ sleep specialist. Potential treatment options include melatonin, light therapy, better sleep hygiene ; chronotherapy. ...Read more

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I think I have a delayed sleep phase. How can I fix it?

Delayed sleep phase: Delayed sleep phase is a disorder in which a person's sleep time is delayed 2 or more hours past the conventional bed time. This causes difficulty waking up at the desired time. It's a common disorder in adolescents. Treatment is generally with sleep specialists, and involves developing good sleep habits. Along with shifting the internal clock. See here: http://tinyurl.Com/lv2fqxl. ...Read more