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.
Behavioral insomnia in children, part 2 “Bedtime” conjures up images of warm milk, cuddles, footie pajamas, and Goodnight Moon. It should be a lovely capstone for parent and child. For some families, however, bedtime is a pitched battle of wills between parent and child. This phenomenon is pretty common and is known as bedtime resistance, but may go by the unwieldy […]
Inappropriate sleep onset associations are one of the most important causes of night awakenings in infants, young children, and (rarely) older children. This is a disorder which will respond to behavioral management (or sleep training). For more information, here’s my comprehensive review of sleep training methods. The first step to successfully sleep training your child is […]
For better or worse, we are moving from a culture of soda drinkers to coffee drinkers, and our kids are following us. Unfortunately, caffeine and kids do not necessarily go well together. When I was younger, I was much more sensitive to caffeine than I am now. I used to drive my parents crazy if […]