SEATTLE -- Cranky, irritable, overly sensitive — if that describes both you and your toddler, the problem might be that no one's getting enough sleep.
A National Sleep Foundation poll, released this spring, found that the average child does not meet even minimum sleep recommendations. Parents also sleep slightly less than the adult average (6.8 vs. 7 hours), with half awakened by a child at night in a given week.
Sleep is vital if parents and kids want to function at their best. Lack of sleep can leave people lethargic, forgetful and more likely to make mistakes. It's also linked to behavioral and attention problems in kids.
To learn more about this topic, read a May 15 Seattle Times article titled "How to get a good night's sleep" that Ralph Pascualy, M.D., medical director of Swedish Medical Center's Sleep Medicine Institute, was interviewed for. To view the article, click here.