Children who don’t sleep well have lower IQs than children who do. (Sleep Medicine. 2010 March 11)
Children who get less than 10.5 hours of sleep per night are significantly more likely to be obese.
(Pediatrics. 2010 February 8)
Boys who don’t sleep well are at a significantly higher risk for hyperactivity.
(Pediatrics. 2009 November 1)
Children who sleep less than 11 hours per night score lower on all kinds of school tests, including math and literacy.
(SLEEP Abstract #0040 San Antonio, 2010.)
I'm Kim Rogers, Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist.
Prenatal -- 7 Weeks
School Aged Children
8 Weeks -- 4 Months
Twins, Triplets, Siblings
4 Months to 2 Years
Does every developmental milestone cause a sleep regression? A baby with great sleep habits, which includes regular naps and bedtimes will have a much easier time adjusting to developmental milestones. In fact, your baby may not have an all-out sleep regression around that time, and you may not even be aware that your baby is…Read More
What happened to my good little sleeper? If you’re asking yourself that or have already asked yourself that, you may be experiencing the dreaded four-month regression (that never ends). Here’s what it looks like: Your baby was sleeping well. You thought things were only going to get better. You were getting long stretches at night,…Read More
As a culture we seem perpetually concerned about how much sleep we need versus how much we actually get (called our “sleep debt”). And also as a culture, many adults and children seem to function on a chronic sleep debt. Below is a discussion on the amount of sleep needed for each age group (including…Read More
Do you want to know something that really gets me fired up? It’s when Moms (either online or in real life) are talking sleep, and I hear comments like this: “You should just enjoy getting up to nurse all night – someday he’ll be all grown up and you’ll miss it.” Or… “You were the…Read More
There’s no way to sugar coat it: SIDS is truly is a parent’s worst nightmare. I remember worrying to the point where I woke up several times a night to check on my son while he was sleeping. I was exhausting myself, and finally I had to sit down and come to terms with my…Read More
This week’s question comes from Teresa. “My 11-month-old goes to bed with a bottle and wakes for a bottle in the night. How do I break her of this habit?” Good question, Teresa! When you put your baby in bed at night, it’s fine to include the bottle in her routine. You could start with…Read More