- 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.)
Asheville NC Sleep Consultant
"My passion is helping families solve their sleep problems in a gentle way that works for everyone."~ Kim Rogers
Sleep Problems I Help Solve
- Frequent night wakings.
- Difficulty falling asleep.
- The need to fall asleep by rocking, nursing, pacifier, bottle or any other "prop."
- Waking too early in the morning.
- Difficulty napping, short naps, no naps.
- Transition from co-sleeping to crib, crib to bed, and from parent's room to child's own room.
- Difficulty keeping your little one in bed all night.
- Sleep issues during traveling and times of illness.
As your pediatric sleep consultant in Asheville, I will take the time to evaluate your child's needs and learn how to help him or her fall asleep more easily and stay asleep during the night.
I often say that sleep training is a misnomer. You are not training your child to do something, but rather, you are allowing your baby natural sleep, while you offer your comforting support and presence.
More often, what we as parents do, when we "sleep train" our children, is that we are un-training and weaning them of sleep habits and sleep associations that they have learned.
These are the same sleep habits, sleep props and sleep associations that cause them to wake multiple times a night and have difficulty falling asleep at bedtime and naps. These are habits that require parents to "do something" to "make a child" go to sleep and go back to sleep in the night.
When children unlearn these habits, they have a peaceful time going to sleep at night and transitioning from one sleep cycle to the next throughout the night.
Some call it sleep teaching, some call it allowing sleep. Some call it sleep training. No matter what sleep props, sleep associations or sleep habits your child has, you will find that your child will quickly learn healthy sleep habits, and you will both be much happier, healthier and more rested.
Contact me today to learn how we can work together or if you have any questions!
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