I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed!!

Competing Activities at Bedtime Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at the four main causes of most sleep problems and how to fix them.  We’ve talked about how to make sure you are tired at bedtime, setting up regular bedtime routines, and finding healthy sleep dependencies.  The fourth big cause of many sleep problems for both adults and children is competing activities. This one might seem a little too obvious, but sleep isn’t the most fun or exciting thing in the world (especially for kids), so of course, if there are other more fun things to do at bedtime, we are likely to choose fun over sleep. For most adults, we at least recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep and understand the impact of our choices if we don’t get to bed on time, but many children don’t yet have the reasoning and planning skills required to make good decisions at bedtime, which makes choosing fun over sleep all the more tempting. Setting Limits at Bedtime One of the best ways to help your child at bedtime is to set clear and reasonable limits, make sure those limits are transparent, and stick to them. Make sure your child [...]

I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed!!2023-08-01T01:45:12+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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