I am a pediatric behavioral sleep psychologist who specializes in childhood sleep issues. Most websites devoted to childhood sleep focus on young children, most often babies and toddlers, but this website is dedicated to children ages four and up.
There are eight million preschoolers in the United States and a striking 80% of their parents report that their child’s sleep needs improvement. Two out of every three children ages 10 and under, according to a National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll, have experienced some type of sleep problem.
Once puberty arrives, teenagers often get the worst sleep of all, since a delayed release of melatonin results in drowsiness occurring much later, usually around 10-11pm. When this change is combined with heavy homework loads and early high school start times, teenagers can become very sleep-deprived and often struggle with significant daytime sleepiness.
I’ve been treating childhood sleep issues for years and I hope that the tips in my blog posts help you and your loved ones sleep better.
Personalized Sleep Evaluation
Dr. Schneeberg can provide a personalized sleep evaluation and bedtime plan for your child. This can be done in-person if you live near Westport, Connecticut or via video call.
Your child’s sleep evaluation and personalized plan will help you:
- determine whether your child might have a medical sleep disorder
- prepare your child’s bedroom for success
- design a successful bedtime routine for your child
- teach your child how to self-comfort (fall asleep independently) after lights out
- leave your child’s room after lights out without tears or tantrums
- limit extra requests after lights out with a reward system
- decrease night and/or early morning awakenings
- help your child stay in bed all night long
Other issues that can be addressed in your child’s evaluation and plan include:
- bedtime/nighttime fears
- parasomnias such as sleepwalking, night terrors or sleep paralysis
- bed wetting (in children over age 6-7 years)
Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD, Board-Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Licensed Clinical Psychologist