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Sleep regulation

Sleep doesn’t happen randomly, it is a regulated set of behavioural and physiological states and stages that are thought to occur due to two main processes: A sleep-wake dependent homeostatic …

The two types of sleep

Sleep involves cycles of two different types of sleep: rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep. We can measure these using Electroencephalography (EEG). In this video we look at …

Measuring sleep

There are a number of ways that we can measure sleep, however, the most common and accurate method for measuring sleep is called polysomnography, or PSG. Sleep studies are safe …

Sleep across the lifespan

Our sleep needs change dramatically across the lifespan, particularly in those early formative years of development. Recommendations for healthy sleep duration (Click to expand)

The basic neuroscience of sleep

It was once thought that when we sleep our brains and bodies shut down completely, but we now know that this is not the case. In this video we are …

Sleep and obesity

And so we have reached the final chapter of our course and are ready to learn about the vital role that sleep plays in providing children with a healthy early …

What is sleep?

We spend a third of our lives sleeping and we know that it is a fundamental component of our health, but what is it? In this video we begin to …

Tips for healthy screen time

In this video we share our top 5 tips for encouraging healthy screen time among young children, but you may also be interested in reading the following messages from the …

Setting goals for healthy screen time

Once we have monitored a child’s screen behaviours and planned key periods in the week that could be targeted to reduce their screen time, we can set SMART goals to …

Monitoring screen time and planning for change

Many parents/carers, educators, clinicians and health professionals are interested in reducing or limiting young children’s screen time. Let’s take a look at some strategies to do this. The very first …

Influencing factors

Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number and types of factors influencing a child’s activity, including their screen time. The ecological model can …

How does screen time influence obesity?

Unhealthy screen habits can lead to increased weight gain and obesity development in children in a number of ways. Screen time can contribute to the development of unhealthy weight in …

How much screen time is too much for children?

The answer to this question is a hot topic among parents, childcare professionals and experts in child development. In 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the guidelines for parents …