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Multifunctional Travel Systems

If you are a parent you have probably often heard about the many multifunctional travel systems. But have you ever really considered buying one? Is it really worth the money? There are several multifunctional strollers, play yards and car seats. Before you buy one though you will want to make sure that it meets or exceeds all of the USA Department of “Transportation Safety Standards”. If it does not have this seal of approval you will want to think twice before you buy. The Sit n Stroll five in one travel system that converts from a car seat to a full function stroller, a certified flight seat and a booster seat for dinning, is just one of many currently available for parents.

Many parents say that these items are the best when it comes to traveling with your little one. They can also be very useful when just traveling from one store to the next. Although before you place this item on your registry you will want to check a few things first. First of all if it is too heavy for you to lift at the store with no baby in it, then chances are you will not be able to lift it and convert it when the baby is in it. Second make sure that converting it is simple and not complicated. Remember the whole point of getting a multifunctional item. You will also want to look at the measurements and make sure that it will fit into your vehicle easily or with minimal effort. You do not want to end up getting something that will take you up to twenty minutes to get in and out of the car.

Keep in mind that any multifunctional travel system will not be perfect. The whole purpose is to make your travel easier, so it make be a little lacking in the comfort department, or it may not be as pretty looking. But some of the benefits of a multifunctional travel system is that you will save money, time, and energy. If you can get two or maybe three items for the price of one, then this is definitely a bargain. You should do your research and locate the best one that works for you.

And remember that just because something is a little more expensive this does not mean that it is a better product. If you are considering buying a multifunctional travel play yard there are tons to choose from. Most of them can be converted from a play area to a changing table. These are great for parents who want to leave their baby with a sitter for the weekend. Always shop around before you make your final decision.

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Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome: The Real “Night Owls”

It’s two o’clock in the morning, and you’re not at all sleepy.

You tried to go to sleep, and it’s not as if you shouldn’t be tired. You worked all day, ran errands, cooked dinner, supervised homework, tidied the house, and put the kids to bed. Then, you worked on a hobby or surfed the internet for hours, long after the rest of the family was already asleep. You finally managed to fall asleep for a few hours, and before you knew it the alarm clock shrieked. You dragged yourself out of bed, only to spend the day exhausted, irritable, and barely able to stay awake.

If this happens occasionally, you can chalk it up to a random bout of insomnia. However, if this scenario describes your life on a daily basis, you may have a sleep disorder known as delayed phase sleep syndrome (DSPS).

Delayed phase sleep syndrome is classified as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, a family of disorders that affect the timing of sleep. The onset of DSPS can occur as early as infancy, although the disorder most often makes its appearance during the adolescent years. Seldom does it manifest itself for the first time in persons over thirty years of age.

Persons suffering from delayed phase sleep syndrome regularly have problems falling asleep until the wee hours of the morning, and subsequently feel the need to sleep during the day. These “night owls” tend to function best late at night, and as a result they’re sluggish and sleepy the next day. Generally speaking, persons afflicted with this disorder have no difficulty getting a normal amount of sleep (six to eight hours), but only if they’re able to sleep and wake as their internal body clock naturally demands.

Delayed phase sleep disorder can have a profound effect on the lives of of its sufferers. Relationship, school, work, and a myriad of other problems can result. Clinical depression is so common amongst persons with DSPS that the disorder itself is frequently misdiagnosed as depression. Having DSPS has been equated with living every single day with severe jet lag. The longer the condition goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more difficult it can become for the person to function.

In persons diagnosed with delayed phase sleep syndrome, sleeping pills and other sedatives have been shown to have little or no impact on their ability to fall asleep at a normal hour. Melatonin and other natural sleeping aids have proven equally as ineffective.

Chronotherapy – a systematic delaying of bedtime in three-hour increments – has been helpful in some cases. This method of coping with DSPS requires discipline on the part of the sufferer, and most will eventually lapse back into their natural sleep pattern. Research is also being done on bright light therapy as a possible treatment for DSPS and other circadian rhythm disorders. As delayed phase sleep disorder shares several characteristics with shift work sleep disorder, some physicians have prescribed the stimulant modafinil (U.S. trade name Provigil) for their DSPS patients. Modafinil is most often prescribed for narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and certain forms of sleep apnea.

At this time, there is no magic bullet for curing or coping with delayed phase sleep syndrome. Practicing good sleep hygiene is essential to the treatment of DSPS, including: limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption, curtailing strenuous exercise at least four hours prior to bedtime, and not going to bed hungry or with an overly-full stomach. The most crucial element in the treatment of this disorder is, unfortunately, the most difficult. While attempting to adjust the sleep/wake cycle may sound simple in theory, for a person with DSPS it can be next to impossible.

Many large hospitals now have sleep disorder clinics. These facilities are the best resource for people who believe they might be suffering from DSPS. Sleep disorder clinics usually have physicians who are board certified sleep specialists on staff. To locate a certified sleep specialist in your area, please contact the American Board of Sleep Medicine by phone at 708-492-1290, or via email at absm@absm.org.

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