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The other bad news for kids this week is that more and more of you are re­ally strug­gling to sleep. The Guardian re­ported that 9,429 un­der-16s went to hos­pi­tal for sleep dis­or­ders last year, com­pared to just 6,250 in 2013.

There are lots of rea­sons, but anx­i­ety, obe­sity and phones/tablets are some of the main cul­prits. Anx­i­ety lev­els in kids are ris­ing due to school and so­cial me­dia pres­sures, while obe­sity in­creases the chances of a per­son suf­fer­ing from sleep ap­noea, which is when breath­ing is in­ter­rupted, lead­ing to dis­turbed sleep.

Look­ing at gad­gets be­fore bed­time is a bad idea be­cause the blue light from screens dis­rupts the nat­u­ral re­lease of hor­mones that get us ready to go to bed.

En­ergy drinks are also be­ing blamed for keep­ing some kids awake at night, due to their high lev­els of caf­feine and sugar. The Gov­ern­ment re­cently pro­posed ban­ning them for un­der-16s or un­der-18s.

If you ever feel anx­ious or are strug­gling with any­thing else, talk to a trusted adult or speak to Childline on 0800 11 11.

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