About Sleep Problems and How I Help Fix Them
Sleep is behavior. Just like jumping rope, riding a bicycle, talking, or throwing a temper tantrum, sleeping- and more specifically falling asleep- can be taught and can be changed. When good sleep habits are practiced, people can learn how to be good sleepers, and these skills can last for life!
Typically, good sleep depends on four key elements: a regular sleep routine (before bed), developing appropriate sleep dependencies, decreasing behavior that interferes with falling asleep, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. If these four elements are developed and adhered to, good sleep habits will come quickly, and last a lifetime. This goes for both children and adults!
All four of these essential healthy sleep habits are attainable (often easier than you would think) for all sleepers! For most children, a few weeks of hard work and persistence can make a lifetime of difference in sleep. But don’t just make these changes for your child! Make them for yourselves too! Your sleep is just as important as anyone else’s!