Sleep is a commonly discussed issue at pediatrician appointments. It all starts with our newborns and their ability to sleep so much, yet make us exhausted with the short period of their sleep cycles. This is usually followed by several years of struggle to get them in bed and middle of the night requests, bad dreams and desires “just to be with you.” To help your child (and yourself) be a good sleeper takes routine and effort in the chaotic schedule of the life.
There are some well-written information sources on childhood sleep, but amounts needed by individual children can be quite variable. For a fast read, I recommend the site KidsHealth and their “All About Sleep” document. They have other pieces on sleep that are understandable and accurate as well. http://www.medicinenet.com” target=”_blank”>Medicinenet.com and other sites that we have bookmarked in the Parent Resources section on our website also have reliable information on sleep. At the bottom of that web page is a document on http://springdalemasonpediatrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Good-Sleep-Hygiene.pdf” target=”_blank”>Good Sleep Hygiene outlining the established useful routines for healthy sleep. If your desire is to discover more detail, read the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publication, Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know, Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, editor. If your desire is to be the expert at your profession and just leave all this reading to us; that is fine too!
We feel that every child is different and one size parenting does not work in a family. As pediatricians, we want to help you with your childrens’ sleep and other rhythms of life. Good sleep is one of the essential ingredients to a healthy person, so get some info, make a plan and have us help you change it if problems are in your way!