Children’s Sleep Project

Because we all need a good night’s rest.

Archive for March, 2008

Support and Solutions are On Their Way!

March 16, 2008 By: Alan Category: Help is on the way!

If you struggle with getting your child to sleep better, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re currently working on reviews of the best books and products to support your efforts, a questionnaire to help guide and focus your strategy, and summaries and links to the latest research on children’s sleep — including ones that highlight obstacles to sleep not commonly covered in the popular literature.

In this space, we’ll publish tips and insights from our experience as well as the story of our own long struggle to help our child sleep better. You’ll see you’re not alone. (Scroll down for a few tips to get started!)

In fact, you can connect right now with other parents in the same boat. Visit our forums and be one of the first to post your questions, offer support and get the answers you need from your parenting peers.

In the meantime, here are three key tidbits we’ve found helpful in guiding our child — and ourselves — to a better night’s rest:

1. Everyone has a “sleep window.” It’s caused by a rise in melatonin that cues the body toward sleep. It doesn’t last long, and it’s followed by a rise in cortisol, a stress hormone that wakes the body up. If your child misses that sleep window, it’s much harder for him or her to fall asleep — and stay asleep.

2. Children get ritualized easily. They get used to having bedtime a certain way, at a certain time, in a certain order. When one part of the ritual gets thrown off, many kids have trouble adapting easily. For some kids, this even goes so far as to mean the same pajamas every night!

3. Honor your instincts. Just because everyone you know swears by a certain method doesn’t mean it’s the right one for your family. By the same token, just because we say it here doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Take in all the information and use what’s best for you and your family.

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