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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Are your kids getting enough sleep?

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Denise Lenarz,MD

We’ve all dealt with cranky kids who have had interrupted naps or had to get up early for a special occasion. But you might not realize how important sleep is for children. Sufficient sleep improves behavior, attention span, learning, memory, emotional regulation and overall quality of life. Research shows that not getting enough sleep is linked with more injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and depression.

New sleep guidelines by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The guidelines include:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months — 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years — 11 to 14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years — 10 to 13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years — nine to 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours
  • Teens 13 to 18 years — eight to 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours

There is a huge range of what’s normal for newborns so recommendations for babies younger than 4 months were not included.

The National Sleep Foundation found that more than 85 percent of teens lack adequate sleep. However, sleeping too much also can be a problem, so there is a limit on the total hours of sleep per day.

What can you do to help promote good sleep?

  • Keep TVs and electronic devices out of bedrooms (light stimulates wakefulness).
  • Turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Set good sleep habits. Babies, toddlers and younger children benefit from a regular, structured bedtime routine at about the same time every day. Help them brush their teeth and read a book together.