Lithuania 2017: Children’s Hospital Affiliate of Vilnius

Delegate: Rūta Praninskienė

Affiliations: Children’s Hospital, Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos

Children’s Hospital in Vilnius celebrated World Sleep Day on 17th of March. This annual event was joyful and colourful feast in hospital with kind help from group of clowndoctors who are partners of Red Noses Doctorclown International. Doctors and clowndoctors celebrated Sleep Day and shared good mood and fun tricks to start sleepy morning. This joint action was meant to promote timely sleep disorders prevention and management. In the morning, current news on sleep related research were presented to the doctors. The survey conducted by the Children’s Hospital child neurologists covered more two and a half hundred adolescents aged 12 to 18 years old from Vilnius and Panevezys. The researchers found that every second child in the morning felt it was difficult or even very difficult to wake up, and every third teenager felt sleepy at school. A considerable part of the teen reported anxiety symptoms that could be related to lack of sleep. The results of aforementioned study raised awareness of increasing risk of sleep related health problems and urgent need to remind the benefits of healthy sleep in children and adolescents and to draw health care workers and society attention to the burden of sleep problems, education and psychosocial aspects.

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Date: 2017-03-17

Submitted by: Dovilė Jonuškaitė

Short Bio: Child neurology and general paediatrics resident