Bad Vibrations Create Cranky Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Janine has been asleep for the past couple of hours when there is a strange buzzing sound that is coming from her night table. Janine wakes up in a fog and habitually reaches for the buzzing object. The adrenaline begins to surge through her body as it recognizes that familiar buzz as the cell phone going off. Janine snaps on her phone and is temporarily…

Media Exposure and the Youngest Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The one year old sat with the iPad and watched Sesame Street while his mother quickly finished some household chores before they headed to the park. The mother felt a bit guilty about having her son watch his show. She had heard the recommendation that children under the age of two years old should not watch any media. Still, it did not seem like small…

Have Teens Make Room for Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I only got four hours of sleep last night because I was cramming for the exam today,” said Matt to one of his teenage friends. “Oh yeah, I just got a couple of hours of sleep as I had to study for two exams today,” replied his friend. This type of exchange is common as sleep is often viewed by adolescents as a luxury and…