Study shows iPad works just as well as a sedative for kids

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Study Shows iPad Works Just As Well As A Sedative for Kids
By: TC Newman

Sometimes you just need technology to take your mind off of things, and that is never more true than when you're in the hospital. Especially when it comes to your children.

A French medical study presented at the World Congress of Anesthesiologists says that they think they've found something just as good as prescription drugs to calm kids just about to go into surgery. A tablet. Whether it's an iPad or an Android, these doctors say that this handheld piece of technology can be as good as a sedative.

Their findings are based on an experiment performed on children between the ages of 4 and 10. Twenty minutes before surgery, doctors gave 54 children a prescription sedative before putting them under anesthesia, then gave an iPad loaded with games to 58 children 20 minutes before surgery.

The study found the anxiety of the children, and their parents, was numbed the same amount, whether the kids took the drugs or the iPad. Both parents and nurses from the iPad group were more satisfied, and rated the ease of administering anesthesia higher.

"Better than a sedative" probably isn't the catch phrase that will sell many iPads, but for some parents anything to make a stressful situation easier can go a long ways.

Scroll through to learn about the weirdest things people do in their sleep:

Oddest things people do in their sleep
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Oddest things people do in their sleep

Sleep eating

Nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder is characterized by people sleep walking to their kitchens and eating. Often times, they have no recollection of it, and only realize when they discover messes and missing food.

Sometimes, the patient has severe weight gain and other health issues attributed to the disorder. 

Frequently, the foods eaten are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Furthermore, people with the disorder create bizarre food combinations with the items they have access to in their kitchen. 

Acting out their dreams

REM sleep behavior disorder physically play out their dreams, moving their bodies or even getting out of bed.

Their dreams are so vivid and real, that during REM sleep, which normally restrains your muscles, your body still flails. 


It is possible to experience auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations, as many times, the person cannot tell what is part of a dream and what is part of reality. 

The hallucinations often happen in the stages right before sleep (hypnogogic) or after sleep (hypnopompic). Hypnogogic can be associated with sleep paralysis and a fearful sensation. 

Hypnopompic is usually associated with dreams and 'feeling a presence in the room'. 

Sleep sex

Called 'sexsomnia', it falls under the category of parasomnia, the stage right before you fall asleep.

When a person has this disorder, they oftentimes engage in sexual acts with a partner or themselves, while asleep. They have no recollection of it. 

It is more common for people who normally are affected by other sleep disorders, or those taking sleep medications.

Sleep texting

Apparently, more and more people are sending texts in their sleep. 

"It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day," said a neurologist in an article to BBC. 

Understandably, the texts make little sense to the person after they've woken up. 

Exploding head syndrome 

It occurs when you're about to drift off into sleep, and suddenly a loud noise goes off in your head. 

Another parasomnia event, exploding head syndrome sounds similar to a clap of thunder or bomb. However, it sounds as if the noise could be heard by everyone, but in reality, it's internal.


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