We’ve been working with the excellent public affairs staff here at Yale New Haven on some videos. Here is the first of them, which is a description of our program. I’m really proud to lead the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, and I hope it shows.
Here is the recording of the talk I gave 4/1/15 with Terra Ziporyn Snider at Yale Grand Rounds. Unfortunately the sound quality is not the best.
Here are our slides:
Also here are some of the critical documents we referenced:
“School Start Times for Adolescents”, by the Adolescent Sleep Working Group and Committee on Adolescence, and Council School Health Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students: A Multi-Site Study
Let me know if any of this is helpful, and if you want more information.
I often find that parents who see me in clinic have tried and failed to sleep train their children. (Obviously, the ones who had an easy time don’t need an appointment). As I work with families to come up with plan to help their children fall asleep and stay asleep on their own, bedtime fading is one of the most useful tools that I use. In a nutshell, this involves moving their child’s bedtime later with the goal of having them be more sleepy at bedtime. In this video, I talk about how families can use bedtime fading to successfully sleep train their child. If you are interested, there is some interesting research that was published by Dr. Monique LeBourgeois which shows that children who have difficulty settling at night are frequently put to bed too early.
As stated in the video, the keys to successful bedtime fading include:
- Avoiding “sneaky sleep” in the later afternoon.
- Not allowing your child to sleep much later in the mornings, unless they are getting up at an uncomfortably early hour.
Have you tried moving your child’s bedtime with the goal of leading to a better night of sleep? How did that work for you?
I’m going to try something a little bit different today. I have put together a brief video on the “camping out” sleep training method which is a gentler but still evidence based method of sleep training.
Here is the pyramid from the video, courtesy of Ruth Fidino. I like this way of representing the process because the pyramid narrows as the distance from your child increases.
Please let me know if you think the video is helpful and if there are other topics that may benefit from this approach. Inspired by my colleagues Wendy Sue Swanson and Howard Luks, who are really good at making short videos.