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Parents of babies and toddlers are sometimes the most sleep-deprived people you’ll ever meet.  It’s not an easy time of life for sure, and anything that can help is a big plus.  I found an article with some great tips, so hopefully these will help… Read more

It seems that I hear from more and more teens who have great difficulty falling asleep until 1, 2 or 3 am in the morning, which of course then disrupts their school attendance and performance.  I ask them all the obvious questions.  How’s your diet, especially regarding sugar and caffeine?  Do you get some regular… Read more

There’s a new song making the rounds that is supposed to be “the most relaxing sound of all time”.  Wikipedia says, On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ [6] in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by Radox, it was labelled as the… Read more

Here’s a link to a post that was being share on one of my therapist email lists recently. http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/crying-it-out-causes-brain-damage.html For us “old moms” it can be upsetting to wonder if we caused damage by letting our children cry.  I can’t remember too many events where that was true, but one in particular stands out.  I… Read more

  As a therapist, I have found that one of the best-kept secrets in marriage is …. how many couples in the 40’s and upward end up needing to sleep apart, at least some of the time, due to snoring.   Snoring can be caused by many things, including sleep apnea, which is a serious condition. … Read more

Here’s an article in a recent Parade magazine that quotes a recent study in the professional journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.  The sy looked at 600 7-year-olds in New Zealand, and found that the average time to fall asleep was about 26 minutes.  However, for every hour of inactivity in the day, it took… Read more

In a study reviewed in May 2009 on the Psychcentral.org site, a diagnosis of ADHD in childhood was linked with sleep problems in teenagers.  This was found to be true even if the teens were not currently showing symptoms of ADHD. The sleep problems found included insomnia, sleep terrors, nightmares, teeth grinding and snoring. As… Read more

As promised, here is a summary of some very useful tips for better sleep, as published in The Psychotherapy Networker, March / April 2008 edition, vol. 32, no. 2, pg 37.1. Pay attention to your daily rhythms — make sure you get some exposure to sunlight every day, especially morning sun. This tells your body… Read more

Do you have a problem sleeping? According to a recent issue of Psychotherapy Networker, somewhere between 9 and 30 % of the population has trouble sleeping. This isn’t a new problem, but it may be an increasing one. Some of the reasons may surprise you. Naturally, stress, worry, and pain will tend to keep us… Read more