Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Parents' Reports

Parents reports include sleep stories from other parents who have had success with either extinction or graduated extinction.
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Healthy Sleep in Young Children Has Carryover Benefits in Adolescence

Benefits from early healthy sleep habits persist in preteens and teenagers, who continue, pretty much on their own, to get healthy sleep.
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Sleep Spa and Beauty Sleep

Sometimes I have recommended to teenagers who are short on sleep that they take a five-day “sleep spa” treatment. No, that doesn’t mean having their parents book them into an expensive resort! It simply means dedicating five days to going to sleep earlier than usual.
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Fathers

Fathers can help children sleep as well as mothers. Get dad on board!
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6-week crying peak

Antonio was born two weeks early and without difficulty. I remember thinking several hours after his birth that he was going to be a very easy boy, since my pregnancy and delivery were both routine and relatively easy. Three days after we brought him home, however, I realized that my expectations might have been a little off.
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Sleep Rules

Sleep Rules are designed for older children who understand consequences. 
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Consistency

Because of parental fatigue, parents may unintentionally become inconsistent and irregular in their responses to their infant. 
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Living with and Soothing a Crying / Colicky Baby

My son, now 4 months old, had colic. He lacked the ability to fall and stay asleep. He would startle at the slightest noise and required darkness in which to sleep.
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Night Wakings

Night waking may be associated with breastfeeding at night, a bedtime that is too late, or the failure of a child to learn self-soothing. Night waking is also a feature of babies with extreme fussiness/colic.
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Reset

Don’t be a slave to a rigid bedtime hour or nap schedule.  Once or twice a month, lighten up and enjoy holidays, family gatherings, or other special events. The well-rested child can easily tolerate infrequent missed naps or late bedtimes.  But the sleep debt accumulated from the special event needs to be repaid! After the special event or illness, your child might be short on sleep and the strategy is a reset: A super-early bedtime for one night only and overnight, you might have to ignore protest crying. After a long holiday, especially if you cross multiple time zones, prepare yourself for one nasty re-entry night when you return home to fill up the now empty sleep tank.
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Focus on Naps

When naps are going well, the bedtime might be a little later, but when naps are not going well, the bedtime needs to be a littler earlier. These reports include paying attention to early bedtimes.
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Early Bedtimes

Early bedtimes are based on drowsy signs (Blog Posts 7-9) because a late bedtime causes an increase in neurological arousal (a second wind) that interferes with falling asleep and staying asleep. Even a few minutes earlier might make a big difference (Blog Post 6).  Better night sleep will cause better naps and as a result, and eventually, your child will be able to stay up later. A temporary, super-early bedtime might be needed to get things going. The wake-up time might be only a few minutes earlier or surprise, she might sleep in later! Sometimes, a slightly earlier bedtime alone, while responding to all crying, is an effective sleep solution for a parent that does not want to let her child cry.
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Graduated Extinction and Extinction

Graduated Extinction and Extinction are safe and fast methods to help your child learn how to fall asleep at bedtime and return to sleep in the middle of the night unassisted (Blog Posts 24-27). Both methods work best when the bedtime is early, based on drowsy signs (Blog Posts 7-9) because a late bedtime causes an increase in neurological arousal (a second wind) that interferes with falling asleep. The younger the child is when you start, the better the outcome. Better night sleep will cause better naps and as a result, and eventually, your child will be able to stay up later. A temporary, super-early bedtime might be needed to get things going. When you establish an early bedtime, the wake-up time might be only a few minutes earlier or surprise, she might sleep in later!
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Related Blogs

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Blogs related to parent's reports
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  • 1. Graduated Extinction and Extinction
  • 2. Early Bedtimes
  • 3. Focus on Naps
  • 4. Reset
  • 5. Night Wakings
  • 6. Living with and Soothing a Crying / Colicky Baby
  • 7. Consistency
  • 8. Sleep Rules
  • 9. 6-week crying peak
  • 10. Fathers
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  | May 16, 2022
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Recovery From Sleep Loss

In 2021, researchers in Australia studied adolescents, aged 15-17 years, all were good sleepers with more than 8 hours of sleep per night. They were experimentally studied in a sleep laboratory for 10 nights and divided into 3 groups
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  | May 9, 2022
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Real World Parenting and Consistency

In the real world of parenting, ignore artificial expectations that suggest that you should always do something or never do something.  Instead, focus on how often you behave a certain way. 
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Blog 77
  | May 2, 2022
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Real World Parenting and Parental Presence at Bedtime

A study by Professor Mindell noted that parental presence at sleep onset is much more common in Asian than English-speaking countries. “Parental presence in the room at bedtime was the most potent predictor in explaining the number of night wakings, longest sleep interval, and total sleep time.”
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Blog 76
  | April 25, 2022
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More Sleep Problems in Children, More Mental Health Problems in Teens

A 2021 study examined sleep-wake problems at age 9 years.  Sleep-wake problems occurred in some children who answered affirmatively that they frequently “had an extremely hard time falling asleep”, “fallen asleep in a morning class”, “slept in past noon”, and/or ‘stayed up all night”. 
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Blog 75
  | April 18, 2022
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More Sleep, Fewer Emotional and Behavioral Problems

Emotional and behavioral problems (EBPs) “include poor social interaction, abnormal cognitive functioning, delayed school readiness and problems in later childhood, and persistent mental health problems and obesity in adulthood.”
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Blog 74
  | April 11, 2022
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How to Move the Bedtime Earlier

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Blog 73
  | April 4, 2022
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Brain Damage and Unhealthy Sleep: Apparent versus Hidden Harm (#2)

Although we can precisely measure how much iron and calcium is needed for children, at different ages, to stay healthy, unfortunately, we do not have similar measurements for sleep duration or sleep quality.
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Blog 72
  | March 28, 2022
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Brain Damage and Unhealthy Sleep: Apparent versus Hidden Harm (#1)

The focus is on brain health because the brain is the only organ in the body that has a requirement for sleep. But unfortunately, brain health is an unappreciated public health concern.
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