Sleep ChampTM: Bringing Bedtime Back
By Jill MacNeice
As a mom, I know firsthand how difficult it can be on the family when your kid has a bad night. I also know how helpless you can feel when you sense your kid is having a hard time during the day, but you don’t know why.
Sleep quality directly affects how a child feels and behaves during the day. Sleep plays key roles in children’s development -- mood, behavior, school performance and social interactions, as well as growth, lung and heart function, and immune system. If your son or daughter is having sleep problems, it could affect them now—and for years to come. Also, serious ailments such as sleep apnea could be hiding behind poor sleep quality.
That’s why, I feel it’s important to check your child’s sleep quality in more than a casual way. I’ve been involved with the development of Sleep ChampTM ,a new mobile app. I’m really proud of the outcome and benefits it will have for parents. The app lets you set up profiles for all of your children. You fill out a short questionnaire about sleep habits, snoring, daytime sleepiness, and even things that you might not associate with sleep quality, like bed wetting and hyperactivity. You get a score that will help you determine how urgent it is to bring up sleep issues with your child’s pediatrician.
I made sure Sleep ChampTM is easy to use. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity. It is based on years of validated scientific research. The questions and sleep quality score are adapted from the Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) scale, designed by Dr. Ronald Chervin [link to video]. Dr. Chervin is a nationally known sleep expert and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Michigan. This little app is like getting the best of evidence-based sleep medicine—at home.
One of the most useful features: you store all the profiles and scores right on your phone or tablet. You can make notes in the moment, bring it to the doctor, discuss it step-by-step. The app also provides information and top resources on sleep problems and symptoms. Skip the internet searches and go straight to the right information, and ask your doctor the right questions.
An informed parent is a child’s best advocate, not just with the doctor, but also with teachers, guidance counselors, and life in general. Sleep ChampTM empowers you to be this advocate, with the simple idea that tuning in more closely to your kids’ sleep habits and behavior can be just as powerful as a medical examination.
If you suspect your child is having sleep-related problems – or problems that you’re not sure what to attribute to – try it out. We all know that the only thing more comforting than a peaceful night’s sleep is peace of mind – particularly when it comes to our children’s health.
More information on the Sleep ChampTM app:
· Download for Apple
· Download for Android