Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Sleep, featuring Bernard Kinane, MD – Shrinking It Down

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June 3, 2021

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Posted in: Multimedia, Podcast

Topics: Behavioral Issues, Healthy Living

It’s our last episode of the season, but never fear – we are signing off with tips to last you the summer long. Today’s episode is all about sleep!

Listen wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.”

Sleep is so important to our physical and mental health. On today’s episode, very special guest Bernard Kinane, MD, Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Khadijah to answer all of your questions about how to support kids in healthy sleep habits.

What are the most common sleep problems in toddlers and teens? Why is sleep hunger important for maintaining a healthy sleep schedule? What’s the most common sleep challenge for kids with mental health disorders, and how do help them? How does iron deficiency affect your baby’s sleep (and yours)? Can you make up for lost sleep? (The answer might surprise you!) And if your teen has gotten in the habit of staying up until 3am, what’s a realistic approach to get back to normal? Plus, tips to manage vacation/back-to-school sleep transitions. Dr. Kinane answers all this, and more. Don’t skip this episode!

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Enjoy an emotionally healthy summer, and sleep well.

Media List (follow along with the conversation)


Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

Music by Gene Beresin

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Bernard Kinane, MD

Bernard Kinane, MD

Bernard Kinane, MD is Chief of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Associate Chief for Education, and Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory.

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Khadijah Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, Associate Director

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and...

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Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, MD, MA is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also...

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