Pediatric sleep medicine experts to give sleep tips for school-aged children, discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sleep

Mon 16 Aug 2021 12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 18 at 1:00 PM, UBMD Pediatrics will host its first-ever sleep medicine webinar for both community members and providers.

“Sleep for School Success: Back-to-school sleep tips and the impact of COVID-19 on sleep for schoolchildren,” will be presented by Amanda Hassinger, MD, MS, and Alberto Monegro, MD, both members of the Department of Pulmonology and sleep medicine at UBMD Pediatrics. During the presentation, they will share the latest sleep recommendations for different age groups, how to help children transition to a new bedtime routine, and discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sleep of school-age children.

A press release stated: “As a foundation for health, sleep affects every aspect of life. Getting the right amount of sleep can be difficult for children preparing to return to school – and a challenge for parents who trying to get the kids to bed earlier.”

Hassinger is a board-certified pediatric sleep medicine physician with UBMD Pediatrics and an associate professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She said: “As an essential building block for children’s mental and physical health, insufficient sleep can lead to irritability and lack of focus, as well as learning and behavioral problems.”

Through the webinar, Hassinger and Monegro plan to help families in Western New York increase the amount of sleep they get, reduce stress through sleep and new sleep habits, improve and even help children’s focus and attention spans. with behavioral problems.

Hassinger, a mother of three, knows personally the toll that sleep interruptions can take on not just the kids, but the family in general.

“If one child doesn’t sleep well, or barely sleeps, the whole family’s sleep is disrupted,” she said. “It can have terrible consequences for the whole family and lead to other health problems.”

The press release said, “Resolving sleep problems or recognizing them early can make a huge difference to kids, especially as the school year kicks off.”

Monegro is a board-certified sleep medicine at both UBMD Internal Medicine and UBMD Pediatrics, as well as an assistant professor at Jacobs School. He said, “Prolonged sleep problems may indicate an underlying physical or emotional concern that requires additional evaluation.”

Hassinger said the webinar will help advance the pillars on which the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine is built: providing education and support to families, while maximizing well-being and quality of life. Both doctors run the UBMD Pediatrics Sleep Medicine Center and Lab, which recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), making it the only pediatric sleep center in Western New York with this accreditation.

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UBMD Pediatrics is one of 18 practice plans within the UBMD Physicians’ Group, the largest medical group in Western New York. It provides primary and specialty health care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults throughout Western New York and beyond. The doctors make up the academic teaching faculty within the pediatrics division of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and are also the doctors of Oishei Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit

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