Sleep has a number of key health benefits for children and is important for their growth and overall development. Sleep is important for muscle growth, tissue repair and growth hormone release. Sleep is also critical for learning and memory consolidation, making sleep important for children to perform their best in school. Sleep is necessary for maintaining the overall health of our immune system and our metabolism.
The amount of sleep a child needs really depends on the age of the child. Newborns typically require the most sleep, which can be up to 14-17 hours per day. As children get older, their sleep requirements decrease so that by adolescence their sleep needs are similar to adults.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that toddlers get 12-15 hours of sleep and preschoolers 10-13 hours of sleep per day, including their daytime nap. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-11 hours of sleep per night for school-aged children, 8-10 hours of sleep for teenagers and 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults between 18 and 64. Adults aged 65+ need 7-8 hours of sleep.
Unfortunately, we know that many children and adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep each night. A 2004 National Sleep Foundation poll found that children of all ages got less than the recommended amount of sleep. Our sleep deprivation gets worse as children get older, with teenagers usually being the most sleep deprived age group.
A 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll found that 45% of adolescents got less than 8 hours of sleep per night, with high school seniors averaging only 6.9 hours of sleep on school nights. Adults do not usually fare much better, with about 40% of adults getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night.
Insufficient sleep is associated with daytime consequences, in which children can be very different than in adults. Most adults will present with symptoms of sleepiness such as falling asleep at work, while reading or watching TV. Children, on the other hand, can present with increased energy (hyperactivity) or problems with focus/concentration. They can sometimes look very similar to children with ADHD. In fact, children are sometimes misdiagnosed with ADHD when in the symptoms are really due to poor sleep.
Children can also present with more behavior problems or poorer school performance. Daytime sleepiness is also seen in children. For example, children may have a harder time getting up in the morning and may even be late for school as a result. They can also be more likely to fall asleep in the car or on the bus ride to school. Or, they can even fall asleep in the classroom, which can affect their ability to learn.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that about 25% of teens fall asleep in the classroom at least once per week. Some children who are chronically sleep deprived will try to catch up on their sleep at home either through an after school nap or “sleeping in” on the weekends. If your child takes regular naps, especially if they are 45 minutes or longer, or if they “sleep in” more than 2 hours on the weekends, then your child may not be getting enough sleep.
If you have any concerns about your child’s sleep patterns, particularly if your child snores, pauses in their breathing during sleep, gasps for air, has mouth breathing, has frequent night awakenings or restless/sweaty sleep it is important that you talk to your child’s doctor as these could all be signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep could also be signs of other sleep problems that you should discuss with your child’s doctor.
April 23, 2017
Amy Middleton, Director of Marketing
IHA ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF CEO WILLIAM J. FILETI
ANN ARBOR, MI – (April 23, 2017) – It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of our CEO, William J. Fileti. Bill died Saturday, April 22, from cancer, diagnosed in October of 2016.
Bill was the founding President and CEO of IHA since 1994 when the leaders of Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Associates in Internal Medicine, and Child Health Associates chose to form a group, founded on the principles of high quality, personalized, patient-centered care.
“IHA has lost an enormous piece of its heart and soul with the passing of our beloved CEO, Bill Fileti,” said Daniel McMurtrie, MD, IHA’s first PC President and Chairman of the Board. “Since its inception, our organization has benefited greatly from Bill’s leadership and vision. His untiring pursuit of excellence in everything he did, played an instrumental role in the success of our medical group. He has helped us achieve exponential growth while maintaining a focus on caring for our patients, a dedication to the well-being of the providers, and a commitment to the success of our employees. His name has become synonymous with IHA and he will be greatly missed by the entire IHA family.”
Since the beginning, IHA has focused on a patients’ first philosophy of care. Bill believed in a virtuous cycle of leading with doing what was right for patients, providers, and staff. Quality and performance would follow. As a result of his philosophy, vision, and drive, Bill achieved the following:
Bill achieved this success with a quiet, focused, engaged presence that never wavered. By meeting with each orientation group of new providers and staff, he connected with every person in IHA and spread the vision of personalized care through his example.
Cindy Elliott, IHA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 1999 and its President and COO for the last year characterized Bill “as a mentor, trusted advisor, and dear friend. Bill will be remembered as a sweet soul, who cared about people first and who lived out the IHA CARES Values daily.”
Bill spent his final months in California with his wonderful wife Cecilia, his two sons, Eric and Owen, daughter-in-law, Kristina, granddaughter Lana, and other members of his immediate and extended family.
For those wishing to send condolences to the family, please see our remembrance board directly below.
April 5, 2017
For Immediate Release
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IHA Recognized by DecisionWise as 2017 Employee Engagement Best Practice Award Winner
ANN ARBOR, MI – (April 5, 2017) – IHA is pleased to announce that DecisionWise, a US-based employee engagement consulting firm, recognizes IHA as a top performing organization with the 2017 Employee Engagement Best Practice Award. IHA is one of 115 companies who participated in the DecisionWise international employee survey.
Over seven million survey responses were cast for the 35 companies with more than 1,000 employees, including IHA. Surveys results were analyzed to measure the level of engagement within each organization. Final winners were confirmed by evaluating the overall culture of the organization as well as best practices and company initiatives that contribute to the scores.
“We’re proud and honored by this recognition from DecisionWise,” notes Linda MacEllven, Vice President of Human Resources & Customer Service for IHA. “At IHA we value employee feedback and strive to promote a culture where employees take personal satisfaction in the quality of their work and the difference they can make in every customer experience, whether external or internal.”
“We’re privileged that IHA has made DecisionWise a strategic partner for employee engagement surveys, and we’re proud that they have taken clear, measurable actions to leverage employee feedback and create a positive, engaging and energizing workplace for their employees,” said DecisionWise Chief Executive Office Dr. Tracy Maylett.#####
DecisionWise, Inc. is a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organization development using assessments, feedback, coaching, and training. DecisionWise services include employee engagement surveys, 360-degree feedback, leadership coaching and organization development. DecisionWise was founded in 1996 and is privately held. With offices in the United States and affiliate offices throughout the world, DecisionWise operates in over 70 countries and conducts surveys in over 30 languages.
IHA is one of the best and largest multi-specialty groups in Michigan. IHA employs more than 2,200 staff, which includes nearly 600 providers consisting of: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives in approximately 60 practice locations across Southeast Michigan. IHA provides high-quality medical care and excellent service to nearly 410,000 active patients. Recognized as Metro Detroit’s Top Physician Group by Consumer Reports magazine, IHA also ranks in the top quartile for patient satisfaction nationally. Offering extended office hours and urgent care services, along with online patient diagnosis, treatment, and appointment access tools. IHA demonstrates that it cares by bringing safe, high-quality, comprehensive and affordable care to its patients. For more information about IHA, visit www.ihacares.com.