Pediatricians frequently recommend melatonin for children with sleep problems, or parents might try it themselves. However, the proper use of melatonin is frequently misunderstood. Here is a guide for parents and pediatricians to decide if a child should try it, and to understand how it should be used. A common thread I find in children […]
Recently, a friend contacted me about some sleep difficulties she was having with her baby: My 7 month old has started waking up more frequently in the last several weeks after a cold. For the last several months, she has slept through the night with only a single awakening at night. However, she recently had […]
On the surface of it, the timing of falling asleep seems fairly easy to understand. Once you have been awake for a certain period of time, you become tired and eventually go to sleep. The technical term for increasing sleepiness over time is the homeostatic sleep drive, as I explained in a previous post. However, there […]
When I see children or teenagers with sleep difficulties, the first questions in my mind are, “What is bedtime like? What time is it? How long does it take to fall asleep?” One of the best treatments for insomnia is frequently adjusting the timing of bedtime at night. It does not entail any prescriptions or […]
Early morning awakenings are really challenging for tired parents of small children. Here are some strategies for dealing with them.