There are many ways to go about sleep training – helping your child learn to fall asleep on her own at bedtime and sleep for longer stretches overnight. Read Erin Chan Ding’s Washington Post article about types and the benefits of sleep training for children and the family.
Parents can certainly have difficulty falling and staying asleep even after their young children are sleeping well overnight. Read more about what you can do about those sleepless nights in Jessica Grose’s article and interview with Dr. Shelby Harris at The New York Times.
Despite warnings about safety in a baby’s sleep environment, a recent video-based study showed that over 90% of families placed objects in a young baby’s sleep space and over 10% of families placed young babies in an unsafe sleep position.
In a study of over 2,000 twin children followed from 5 to 18 years old, about 12% had ADHD. Interestingly, 78% of those who had ADHD as a child did not have it at 18 years old. Although people with ADHD in childhood had worse sleep than those who did not, those who no longer had ADHD at 18 had sleep quality similar to those teens who had never had ADHD.
Even preschoolers and school-age children have trouble sleeping! Read about a sleep intervention for children transitioning to a school schedule in Australia. Not only did children’s sleep improve, but their psychosocial functioning and their parents’ mental health also showed improvements.
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Keeping a consistent sleep schedule during the summer can definitely be a challenge for families. Learn more about how to manage sleep during the summer and in the weeks before school starts!
Watch Jodi Mindell help a family sleep better by getting their little one on a consistent sleep schedule on a TODAY segment. Also, Dr. Mindell’s answers some common questions that families often have about sleep for infants and toddlers.
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Nighttime fears can be quite common for young children – for some, they are part of typical development. Those fears, however, can definitely interfere with falling asleep. Find out how to help your little one get past some of those fears so he can fall asleep easily at bedtime.
Researchers find that poor sleep in young children may be a “red flag” for depression, anxiety, and other emotional-behavioral problems, yet sleep problems can be missed by caregivers and health-care providers.
In a study from Purdue University, researchers work toward improving tools for early and accurate diagnosis of autism. Read and listen to this story on WBAA NPR to learn how infant sleep patterns are helping in these efforts.
Although there were clear indicators in a pilot study that providing families with guidance related to sleep improved sleep for mothers and babies in the first six weeks of life, there were no improvements in sleep associated with this intervention when the research was expanded. Despite appreciating the nurse-delivered information and follow-ups, families did not seem to sleep better than other families who did not get those follow-ups.