Children’s sleep disorders on the rise as local clinics work on treatments

Smartphones, tablets and e-readers have made modern life the kind of speedy, all-access convenience Gene Roddenberry conceived of in his 1960s Star Trek program.

But health experts warn that the proliferation of these handy i-devices comes the flip side: impaired sleep for children and adults, and a possible connection between poor sleep and symptoms that are remarkably similar to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.)

“Blue light is the worst and that’s what is emanating from laptop computers and that is stimulating the super nucleus and decreases melatonin and you can not sleep,” said Dr. Shahriar Shahzeidi, assistant professor in clinical pediatrics at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which conducts about 250 sleep studies a year. Read full article at The Miami Herald...

Author of the article: 
Howard Cohen
The Miami Herald