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Sleep Dependencies: Friend or Foe?

Welcome back! The last few weeks we’ve been talking about the four most common causes of sleep problems and what you can do to fix them. This week we are going to focus on sleep dependencies, a common problem that most people don’t even know exists! Sleep dependencies are anything that someone needs to have with them/around them to fall asleep. Sleep dependencies can be things like a pacifier, a blanket, a stuffed animal, a parent, a cell phone, music, noise, silence, or even TV. There are some sleep dependencies that are healthy because they help you to fall asleep fast and stay asleep, but there are many sleep dependencies that are unhealthy- even though they might help you fall asleep initially, they make you wake up later in the night. What makes a sleep dependency healthy/unhealthy? Sleep dependencies aren’t a bad thing in and of themselves,  so in any sleep treatment, we want to make sure the person has one or two healthy sleep dependencies. But we also have to look out for unhealthy sleep dependencies and when we spot those, we have to figure out how to get rid of them as soon as we can. Healthy sleep dependencies have [...]

Sleep Dependencies: Friend or Foe?2023-07-12T22:16:23+00:00

Autism and Sleep: How a Sleep Coach Can Transform Bedtime Challenges

As the parent of an autistic child, I’m sure you’re aware of the unique challenges that come with nurturing and supporting your child's development. You work hard to give them the best care, guidance, and opportunities to thrive. But have you thought about sleep?  Sleep issues can have a significant impact on your child's overall well-being, their ability to learn, and the quality of life for your whole family. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a decade of experience treating sleep problems in autistic individuals, I want to help you understand why children on the autism spectrum frequently struggle with sleep and what you can do to help. Autism and Sleep Problems Sleep is a vital part of overall health and well-being for people of all ages. However, for children with autism, good sleep can be hard to come by. Research suggests that as many as 80% of children with autism experience sleep problems at some point. So, if your child is struggling with sleep you certainly aren’t alone! These sleep problems can include difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, irregular sleep patterns, unhealthy sleep dependencies, bed wetting, and getting too much or too little sleep. Children with autism often [...]

Autism and Sleep: How a Sleep Coach Can Transform Bedtime Challenges2023-06-07T23:22:22+00:00

Take Back the Night: Investing in Sleep Coaching

Welcome to my blog, where we'll embark on a journey to learn about the fascinating world of sleep and the transformative power of sleep coaching. My name is Keira, and I'm a Behavior Analyst who specializes in sleep disorders. I'm excited to share my knowledge and insights with you! In this first blog post, we will discuss why sleep coaching is a worthwhile investment for both adults suffering from insomnia and parents of children suffering from sleep problems. So grab a cozy blanket, settle in, and let's learn about sleep!   The Sleep Epidemic: Prioritizing sleep often takes a back seat to our hectic schedules in today's fast-paced world, even for children. However, research consistently shows that getting enough sleep is essential for our overall health. Sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, from improving cognitive function and mood regulation to supporting physical health. Unfortunately, sleep disorders affect millions of people worldwide, including adults and children. However, you don’t have to live with sleep issues! There are treatment options, and they may be simpler than you think. With the assistance of a good sleep coach, you or your child could be sleeping better in just a few days!   Demystifying Sleep [...]

Take Back the Night: Investing in Sleep Coaching2023-06-07T22:59:11+00:00
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