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Sleep Training – Part 3 – Final Thoughts 

Sleep Training – Part 3 – Final Thoughts 

In writing this series I realized I have lots of thoughts about sleep training, more than I can share in a few posts. So I’ve decided to finish with some quick tips.    1️⃣Sleep training is cultural, not everyone does it.   2️⃣Successful sleep training is contingent...

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Sleep Training – Part 2 

Sleep Training – Part 2 

When I became a new mom people told me lots about their children. It’s a scientifically proven fact that most parents will “remember” that their children reached milestones sooner than they actually did. Please remember that when you’re tempted to compare. I...

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Sleep Training – Part 1 

Sleep Training – Part 1 

👩🏻‍⚕️When I was in fellowship @stanfordsleepmedicine I worked with some of the world’s foremost experts in pediatric sleep medicine. I’ve also spent time co-staffing a pediatric sleep clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital with Dr. Carol Rosen. The most...

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Swaddles and Sleep Sacks 

Swaddles and Sleep Sacks 

As a newer mother, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep in babies! I thought I’d take off my doctor hat and put on my mom hat and share some of my experiences!     When we brought our daughter home from the hospital we thought we’d mastered the swaddle (two...

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Product Review – The Oura Ring 

Product Review – The Oura Ring 

A few years back my husband and I wore Fitbit devices but after a short time I stopped wearing mine because I didn’t like sleeping in it. My husband was into his device but forgot to charge one day and never wore it again.     When I heard about the Oura Ring I was...

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Dolphins and Sleep⁣

Dolphins and Sleep⁣

Sleep in dolphins is fascinating in that they have evolved to sleep with one cerebral hemisphere at a time. While asleep, the contralateral eye closes and the opposite hemisphere and eye, still partially awake continues to control breathing, scan for potential danger,...

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Dim Light Melatonin Onset 

Dim Light Melatonin Onset 

Dim light melatonin onset (DLMO) is a useful marker for assessing the circadian pacemaker. It is also used to assess circadian rhythm disorders.   One of the main reasons why DLMO is important is that it can determine when to expose or shield from light to delay...

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Surfing to Sleep

Surfing to Sleep

I like to explain falling asleep like catching a wave 🏄🏻‍♀️. To catch a wave, you have to paddle out, pay attention to the timing of the sets, get in the line up, build some momentum and then drop. And if all goes as planned, magic 💫    When we talk about sleep...

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Sleep Medicine in the time of COVID-19⁣⁣

Sleep Medicine in the time of COVID-19⁣⁣

One of my areas of expertise within sleep medicine is behavioral sleep medicine. Most of the behavioral sleep medicine experts in the U.S. are psychologists. I am one of a few in Washington State with an M.D. ⁣⁣background. ⁣⁣Practicing behavioral sleep medicine was...

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On Happiness Part 3

On Happiness Part 3

⁣Intimate and romantic relationships bring happiness and positive emotions to our lives for some time but then are susceptible to hedonic adaptation.⁣ What are the best ways to combat hedonic adaptation in marriage/partnerships? ⁣One exercise for countering hedonic...

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😊On Happiness Part 2….⁣

😊On Happiness Part 2….⁣

Working hard to achieve is enjoyable. But how do we combat the sensation that we’re in a hamster wheel or on a treadmill with no end point? I learned from my course with Dr. Santos we can practice measures to counter hedonic adaptation. ⁣ Over the next few weeks I’ll...

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