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Light and Darkness for Sleep 

Light and Darkness for Sleep 

We humans love predictions. Think about the weather for example, knowing whether it’s going to be sunny, rainy, or snowy is super helpful to planning and navigating the days activities, even in this day and age with our tools. Circadian rhythms likely evolved, at...

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Sleep Tip Thursday

Sleep Tip Thursday

‍It might not seem obvious, but knowing your values and priorities is extremely important for getting a good night of sleep. With so many variables vying for our attention, we have to examine how we spend each moment and prioritize so that we have ample time for...

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What To Do When You Dread Your Bed

What To Do When You Dread Your Bed

This book has a great title because it aptly describes the conditioned arousal so characteristic of chronic insomnia. And it turns out, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is applicable for kids too! This book is geared towards older children, listing...

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The Sleep Fairy 

The Sleep Fairy 

The sleep fairy is a cousin of the tooth fairy. She visits 3-5 year olds who are having trouble staying in bed at night. Parents tell their child the sleep fairy checks on them during the night and if they are in their beds, will leave them a small gift under their...

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The Napuccino

The Napuccino

Wrapping up this three post series on napping with a discussion of the nappuccino. The first time I heard the portmanteau “nappuccino” was not from a sleep expert but from an entrepreneur @danielpink. BTW check out his @MasterClass it is awesome. The idea behind the...

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The Perfect Nap

The Perfect Nap

‍Naps are one of the most effective tools for enhancing performance when we’re short on sleep. However, the best strategy varies, for example if you’re talking about total sleep deprivation versus sleep restriction. ‍Let’s look at a study after a night of five hours...

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Sleep Banking and Performance  

Sleep Banking and Performance  

Sleep deprivation has been shown to adversely impact reaction time, accuracy, strength, vigor, endurance as well as cognitive skills such as judgement and decision making. Research has also shown athletes are particularly susceptible to sleep deprivation because of...

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My Thoughts On Sleep Training

My Thoughts On Sleep Training

‍Sleep training is, by far, the most common query I receive on DMs. It dominates the thoughts of many parents or really anyone with a child in their lives. In this week’s issue of @newyorkermagSam Knight discusses the topic (link in bio) and describes their experience...

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Shift Work Sleep Disorder

A few years ago I was attending a  conference and the lecturer (a sleep doctor) presented a case of shift work sleep wake disorder in one of the night technicians who worked in her sleep lab. During the presentation she joked that the best solution was for the...

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How to Deal with Nighttime Fears

How to Deal with Nighttime Fears

One of the most common sleep issues that arises in this age group is nighttime fears. This age is unique because children are developed enough to express fears but are not yet able to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Dr. Avi Sadeh, a pediatric sleep...

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Bedtime Fading and Sleep Training

Bedtime Fading and Sleep Training

One of the most common pitfalls I find myself falling into is letting my daughter’s bedtime shift later and later. It’s partly because of my own tendency as a night owl to drift later but also partly due to the dramatic changes in the light dark cycle that occur in...

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