Genetics To Blame For Some Children’s Sleeping Problems

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Is your kid’s sleep influenced more by their DNA or their surroundings?

It depends on which type of sleep you’re talking about.

A Canadian study of nearly 1,000 sets of twins, ages 6 months to 4 years, says how well your child sleeps at night is genetic.

How well your child naps is environmental.

“One of the standard types of questions, as a pediatrician, is, ‘My child isn’t sleeping well through the night,’ or ‘They wake up through the night,’” said Dr. Mark Diamond with Children’s Community Pediatrics.

Parents reported on their children’s’ sleep at 6, 18, 30, and 48 months.

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