Experts will field questions on common sleep mistakes.Myth: Watching TV in my bedroom and working on my laptop in bed helps me wind down and fall asleep.
Fact: Doing work, watching TV and using the computer, both close to bedtime and especially in the bedroom, hinders quality sleep. Violent shows, news reports and stories before bedtime can be agitating. The sleep environment should be used only for sleep and sex, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Studies have confirmed it: Kids don't get enough sleep. Alarmingly, research also has found that insufficient sleep and poor sleep habits have been linked to numerous health problems in children and teenagers, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, irritability and other psychological distress, reduced memory functioning and delayed reaction time.
Join us at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, March 29, for an hour-long chat about children's and teens' sleeping habits with Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah L. Shelton, and panelists Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, and Dr. Stephen Sheldon, Director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.