If we have realistic expectations we realise that what we really need is not to train our babies and toddlers, but build a network of support once again for parents, a 'village' as some say. The issue really is a problem belonging to adults and society, what really needs fixing?
For a big part of my life I was the most tired person in the world in the morning. I could hardly do anything before 9 am. There was a period when my lectures at university started at 8 am but I could not listen and take in what was being said before 9 am, even if I had slept well the night before.
Babies are incapable of self soothing or self settling in the true sense. Sure, they can suck their thumb, stroke a lovey or take comfort from a dummy/pacifier. This is their limit though. It's like 'self soothing lite'. This 'self soothing lite' requires the baby to be in a position where everything is fine.
I once gave co-sleeping a whirl and had a shot at letting her cry. I've dabbled in everything in-between on top of that and have run out of options. I feel constantly jet-lagged, and not because I travel much. I've turned into a daytime sleepwalker.
Yes you have read the title correctly, in this post I will be digging deep and finding some silver linings around the perceived dark cloud that is the end of your child's daytime naps.
Sleep. Sweet, blissful sleep. Usually enjoyed pre parenthood in 8 to 12 hour chunks of uninterrupted, duvet snuggling. Have a child and your nights become punctuated with one, two, three, four (more?) wake ups and getting three continuous hours feels akin to heaven.
In the late 1990s, smartphones started appearing in the market. For many people, it's the answer to their productivity woes but for some, it marks the beginning of their sleeping problems.
We would like to see the Government publish a national sleep strategy, setting out a comprehensive plan, including a 'slumber number' guideline to indicate to the public roughly how many hours sleep we should strive to get depending on our age.
London is an incredible city, but when it's at its worst it can be loud, rude, aggressive, unpredictable and in every way a combatant to the peace and tranquility that we all need at the end of the day. Combine these negative elements with what could in all probability be a god-awful day at work and you've got just about every ingredient needed to make sure you have a truly crap night's sleep.
We know from experience that sleep deprivation leads many of the families that we work with into crisis. When we are sleep deprived it is incredibly difficult to function, and research has shown that sleep deprivation can be linked to depression, weight issues and even childhood growth patterns. It is time to address the issue and educate children about sleep.
Every week another set of people flock to join the gym or embark on another fad diet to improve their health yet the rise in the number of people getting less than six hours sleep continues to grow and is certainly a concern - we need to stop sidelining sleep and start making it a priority.
The focus on productivity in society has breached many aspects of our lives, we risk falling into the trap of seeing sleep as an inconvenience, a hindrance to productivity and time that could be better 'spent' elsewhere. In truth, sleep is one of the best investments of our time and in ourselves.
I realised I was fed up with clinging to my sofa like a raft on the weekend, wishing I had the energy to do all of the things I wanted. And I was definitely fed up with feeling like I was on the brink of work overwhelming me all the time.
Millions of parents around the world are making one very simple, but huge, mistake that is potentially inhibiting their child's sleep and contributing to difficult bedtimes and frequent night waking.
During sleep, our bodies produce testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH), the two most important hormones for muscle building. What's more, quality sleep also saps cortisol, the stress hormone that triggers fat storage and muscle breakdown.
Whether you have occasional poor sleep or downright chronic insomnia, don't for a slightest moment think that dangerous, addictive sleep drugs are your only answer. Instead, take a close look at what may be behind your "night owl syndrome" so your restless nights can finally come to an end. Imagine, sleeping soundly like a baby every night!