4 tips to help your baby sleep well

4 tips to help your baby sleep well

It’s important to establish a safe sleep environment for your baby.

As a sleep specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I’ve dedicated my career to helping kids get the sleep they need to reach their full potential. One of the most difficult times to get enough sleep is after you bring a new baby home.

Sleep is important at every age, but it’s especially important for a baby who is growing and developing at a rate faster …Click here to continue reading

Teens, texting and sleep: What parents need to know

Teens, texting and sleep: What parents need to knowText messaging is a quick and easy way for teens to communicate with each other. A recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project showed that teens are sending an average of 60 text messages per day, and that number increases for adolescent girls.

Many text messages are sent after 9 p.m. Teens keep their phones on their pillows or …Click here to continue reading

How to know when your child is ready to stop napping

Boy taking a napEvery child is different and has different sleep needs. Some children take several small naps, while other children take one long nap. The National Sleep Foundation reports that at 2 years of age, 80 percent of children nap, while at 3 years of age, 50 percent of children still nap.

Parents often want to know when their child should cut down on the number of …Click here to continue reading

Tired children? Learn how a sleep test can provide answers to sleep problems

Children normally spend at least 30 percent of their time sleeping, but many do not get the quality sleep their growing bodies need. Sleep problems in children are common and often go under diagnosed. Common sleep problems in children include:

Teens — too wired to sleep

Only 20 percent of all teens get the recommended nine hours of sleep per night. Yet more than half of all teens report feeling sleepy during the day.  The impact of this includes being late to school or falling asleep in school, being too tired to exercise or driving while drowsy.

According to a new study, electronic devices may contribute to teens not getting enough sleep at night. In the study, 100 teens filled out questionnaires about how much time after 9 p.m. they spent with various electronic devices.  The results were eye-opening: 82 percent reported …Click here to continue reading

Spring ahead … and get some sleep

Most Americans will “spring ahead” and set their clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time first was proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 as a way to conserve energy. London builder William Willett advanced the idea when he wrote the pamphlet, “Waste of Daylight” in 1907. In this publication, Willett proposed turning clocks 20 minutes ahead by 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and turning them back …Click here to continue reading

Is your family getting the ‘Zzzs’ it needs?

Next week, March 1-8 marks National Sleep Awareness Week, a time to take a look at our own sleep habits. Do your family members get enough sleep? Are you getting quality sleep? If not, is your disrupted sleep affecting day-to-day activities? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s important to note that sleep is a key component to our health, performance, safety and quality of life. Sleep is just as important as exercise and good nutrition! Adults should sleep between seven and nine hours a night and adolescents on average should be sleeping approximately nine hours a night. Toddlers and newborns …Click here to continue reading