Cauter EV, et al. The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism. Medscape, 2005.
If your baby becomes fussy within an hour of eating, hunger may not be the reason. Instead of offering a bottle, try these “S’s:
· Swaddling. Being wrapped up in a blanket helps calm a cranky baby.
· Step on the metal: Strap the baby in a car seat and take a drive around the block. The gentle rocking of the car will put him/her to sleep.
· Shushing. Soothing sounds will help your child relax and settle.
· Sing a Lullaby: Babies love the sound of the parent’s gentle and loving voices.
· Swinging. Gently rocking your baby in your arms is another proven strategy.
· Sucking. Offer a pacifier instead of a bottle.
· Side/stomach position. This should only be used when your baby is awake, since sleeping on the belly raises risk for sudden infant death syndrome. When a baby is fussing, however, this position helps turn off crying.
How often have you heard parents bemoan that their high school child is sleeping at 2 or 3 in the morning?
Studies have repeatedly shown that lack of sleep affects concentration, cognitive ability, asthma, obesity and other health problems.
Then why do we perpetuate this practice?
If you ask teens they will say “I don’t have time”
Read on this interesting piece below …..
ADVICE FOR THE TEENS
Stop multi-tasking. It kills focus. Computer on your study desk is a time killer. Don’t text, IM, facebook or skype while working.
Context switching kills. Keep one context through your work.
Only plan for 4-5 hours of real work per day. Days always fill up. Do today’s homework today.
Start of work is always more challenging than the work itself. Doing is better than perfection. Think iterative working.
Break unreasonable deadline into reasonable chunks.
Put big things first. Always prioritize. Only work on things that will have the biggest impact.
It is normal to have days where you just can’t work and days where you’ll work 12 hours straight
(Work more when you are in the zone and relax when not)
Block out time for focused work.
Respect your time and make it respected. Assume it cost $1000 per hour.
You are always more focused and productive with limited time.
More working hours doesn’t mean more productivity
Separate brainless and strategic tasks to become more productive
Don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
Set deadlines for everything. Especially for stressful activities. That way everything has an end.
Write down anything that distracts you.
Take breaks and sleep more.
- Don’t Drink or text and Drive: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens, according to the CDC. In fact, 12 kids age 16-19 die every day from accident-related injuries. Dangerous driving behaviors—like drinking (obviously), but also texting/calling, and having multiple passengers in the car—play a big role in these shocking numbers. Lead by example—don’t let your kids see you fumbling around in your purse to answer your ringing phone when you’re at the wheel.
- Tell your kids that it’s OK to worry: And make sure your kids know that you’re there for them. Check in with your kids frequently about whatever may be going on—whether it’s bullying, virus fears or someone losing a job—to see how they’re feeling, and explain how your family is dealing with it.
- Teach your child to love his/her body: Studies routinely find that about 40% of elementary school girls and 25% of elementary school boys are dissatisfied with their bodies. Unhappy and self-conscious kids report more frequent feelings of depression, insecurity, and anxiety. Thwart unhealthy body image and counter the media images that bombard your kids by talking to them.
- Help them get sleep: More than 25% of the kids surveyed (between 11 and 17 years old) had one or more symptoms of insomnia—and were much likelier to use drugs, experience depression, or have problems with school work, jobs and perceived health. Set a technology curfew with your kids, and make sure they understand why. Shut off the TV and have your children stop using phones and computers at least an hour before bed.
- Be smart about the web: If your kid’s active online, ask to see her social network profile(s)—and tell her not to post anything that you, a teacher, or a college recruiter shouldn’t view.
- Maintain an open line of communication so the big chat isn’t such a big deal. If your kid comes to you and asks about sex, turn the question back, and ask her what she knows, or what she means, by the term. Also reiterate family values into conversations about intimacy and sex.
- Value Friendship: It’s not about being the most popular kid on the playground. Having one or two best friends is more closely correlated with staving off depression and loneliness than is overall popularity.
- Be grateful: Research suggests that grateful people have more energy and optimism, are less bothered by life’s hassles, are more resilient in the face of stress, have better health, and suffer less depression than the rest of us.
1. HAVE A HEALTHY AND HEARTY BREAKFAST: The brain needs sugar to function. Breakfast improves the blood sugar level. Lack of sufficient nutrients could lead to brain degeneration.
2. AVOID OVER EATING: Overeating hardens the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
3. AVOID SMOKING OR EVEN EXPOSURE TO SECOND HAND SMOKE: Smoke chemicals are known to cause brain shrinkage and may even lead to Alzheimer disease.
4. AVOID CARBONATED DRINKS AND HIGH SUGAR CONSUMPTION: Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
5. LIMIT EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION: The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
6. SLEEP ADEQUATELY: Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.
7. GIVE YOUR BRAIN A REST DURING ILLNESS: Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.
8. ENGAGE IN STIMULATING THOUGHTS: Thinking is the best way to train our brain. Lack of brain stimulation thoughts or mental exercise may cause brain shrinkage.
9. EXERCISE IN FRESH AIR: A healthy mind needs a healthy body.
10. EXPOSE CHILDREN TO INTELLIGENT CONVERSATIONS AND PEOPLE: Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt.