Category Archives: bedtime

Tips for Developing Healthy Bedtime Routines

In many American homes, the typical bedtime routine for children is: dinner, bath, TV, bed. As discussed in our two previous posts, watching television before bedtime increases children’s sleep problems. Researchers postulate that the quickly-changing images on television screens may … Continue reading

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How to Develop a Family Bedtime Routine

In our last post we talked about the importance of developing a family bedtime routine and the challenge that can present when the children in a family have different sleep requirements. Children thrive on consistency. Routine provides a rhythm to their … Continue reading

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Tips for Developing Family Bedtime Routines

In homes with more than one child, parents can find it challenging to develop a workable family bedtime routine that meets the needs of all their children. As noted in our previous post, each child is unique and what works … Continue reading

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Move from Crib to Big Bed Requires New Sleep Training Techniques

Moving from the crib into their first big boy or big girl bed is an exciting step for toddlers, one of the first milestones in the long path to independence. Parents are equally excited about their child’s growth and achievement … Continue reading

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A Child’s Sleep Problems Can Affect the Entire Family

When a child cannot get to sleep on a nightly basis, it is not simply that child that is affected. It is possible for the entire family to also lose sleep along with that child. Parents stay up trying to … Continue reading

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New Babies Often Shove One Parent Out of Bed

Baby makes three but many new parents are finding that there’s often only room in the bed for two. Lack of sleep forces 1 in 10 parents to stop sharing a bed and start sleeping apart, at least until their … Continue reading

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Circadian Rhythm Affects Sleep Cycle

Sleep regulates the body and mind. If you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, you feel mentally alert and physically energetic the next day. If you get too little sleep, you feel dull and sluggish. … Continue reading

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Short Sleepers Need Only Few Hours Sleep

While 99% of us need 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function normally the next day, researchers have discovered that a very small percentage of the population not only requires less sleep, they actually perform better with only a few hours of … Continue reading

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More Tips for Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed

Nothing ruins an otherwise pleasant evening like a bedtime meltdown. When children refuse to go to sleep or won’t stay in bed, bedtime can turn into a battle of wills that agitates children and frustrates adults. The result can be … Continue reading

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Tips for Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed

Establishing a bedtime routine takes time and patience, as pointed out in our previous post. Getting your child into bed is only half the battle. It’s the nightly struggle to keep your little jack-in-the-box in bed that parents find most … Continue reading

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