"Helping kids get a better night’s sleep sometimes starts with managing their anxiety. Children’s stress often goes unnoticed by parents, but one-fifth of kids ages eight to 17 say that they worry a great deal.
Chronic stress may lead to a number of issues, both psychological as well as physical, and one frequent side effect is worsened sleep. Children may have trouble falling or staying asleep, complain of nightmares, ask their parents to sleep in bed with them, or try to avoid going to bed altogether. Not only can anxiety lead to poor sleep, but the reverse is also true: Adolescents who sleep poorly tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol."
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