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Order My Book-The Baby Sleep SolutionJanuary 6, 2017

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My book offers what every parent wants – a good night’s sleep: The 98% effective approach to solving your child’s sleep problems

Sleep: the Holy Grail for parents of babies and small children. The secret to helping babies to sleep through the night is understanding their sleep cycles and the feeding/sleeping balance. This book provides simple and effective techniques to help parents establish positive sleep habits and tackle sleep problems without feeling under pressure to resort to rigid, inflexible strategies.

In her new book, The Baby Sleep Solution, Lucy Wolfe, the Sleep Fixer and Ireland’s best known sleep consultant, has developed a ‘stay and support’ approach with an emphasis on a baby’s emotional well-being which has helped thousands of parents and babies around the world achieve better sleep, with most parents reporting improvements within the first 7 days of making the recommendations.

· Discover the issues that prevent baby from sleeping through the night

· Learn about baby’s biological sleep rhythms and how feeding can affect them

· Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night

· Use Lucy’s unique two fold sleep strategy which combines biological time keeping and gentle support to develop positive sleeping habits

· Covers up to 6 years of age

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BOOK REVIEW-THE BABY SLEEP SOLUTION

….So I went out and bought your book on Friday and read through it all. We started implementing your suggested routine straight away and have successfully gotten baby to sleep at bedtime and 2 morning naps now using the stay and support approach (instead of nursing).

Just to say, the book is fantastic. Well laid out and easy to flick through when you are desperately searching for quick answers! I found myself crying when I read about providing more one on one time with baby because I hadn’t been doing this at all believing nursing was our one on one time. Thank you, you’ve also helped me be and feel like a better mum!
All the best with the new book. Whatever our outcome (which I’m feeling very positive about) I will be recommending this book to all my friends…

……we have O sleeping 10.5 to 11 hours after reading your book, we did the stay and support method and for the last 3 weeks we have a new child so we would like to say thank you so much for all your help………..

I bought your book….Since then I have started to use your guidelines and have seen a massive improvement in his sleep. So he wakes any time between 6 and 7 although today we went to 7 10am!!. Has his bottle within a half hour and then his breakfast shortly after. Then two hours later he goes for his nap in his cot, blinds pulled with a soother and muslin cloth, he sleeps on his side and generally we just leave him down and walk out and he goes asleep himself! Amazing! The odd time we could have tears or he may need more help. This goes for all sleeps now, which is so different than before.

He doesn’t have a bottle anymore at night but sucks a soother. He no longer is awake for an hour or more if he wakes, it’s usually a matter of giving back the soother and putting on his side. While this might happen a number of times it is a far cry to what was happening! Then some nights he will not wake till 3 30 or 4 30 n then just giving back soother. Last night he slept from 830 to 530 then 609 and up at 710.
I have to say we are thrilled to be this far.

……She has much improved since we first contacted you- we got your book and did a lot of work on the sleep which is great…..

……Can’t recommend the book enough, having not been in a position to pay for private help from Lucy I bought the book and hoped that I would be able to “fix” sleep for all of us! My little boy was 10 months and had never had a nap in his cot, he would only nap for 45min-1hr max once or twice a day in the buggy but it could take 45mins rocking to get him down, at night it was even worse, an hour or two of daddy and I pacing the floors, singing, rocking and anything else we could think of to get him to sleep, he was always in our bed by 3-4am or earlier. My partner was exhausted as he didn’t sleep once baby was in bed so ended up on the couch most nights to just get a little sleep before work. With a new baby due this Christmas we were at the end of our ropes with it all and very worried about baby arriving.
Ever the sceptic my partner didn’t think just reading a book and changing the routine would do much, I secretly didn’t think I could do it either but was determined to try.
He started to sleep through straight away, naps improved within a week or two and within a month baby was falling asleep by himself usually within 10mins after being settled into his cot. He now sleeps at least 11hrs every night, no waking at all, naps are fantastically predictable too, in fact some days I have to wake him because he has slept too long! The grumpy screeching baby is gone and a happy well rested one year old in his place!Thanks Lucy, it took a bit of patience but it worked

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Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal healthJuly 13, 2016

Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal health

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Monday, June 13, 2016
DARIEN, IL – For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers to avoid the health risks of insufficient sleep.

The recommendations in the consensus statement are as follows:

•Infants four to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
•Children one to two years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
•Children three to five years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
•Children six to 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
•Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
The AASM consensus statement is published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and will be discussed this week during SLEEP 2016, the 30th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in Denver.

“Sleep is essential for a healthy life, and it is important to promote healthy sleep habits in early childhood,” said Dr. Shalini Paruthi, Pediatric Consensus Panel moderator and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “It is especially important as children reach adolescence to continue to ensure that teens are able to get sufficient sleep.”

The recommendations follow a 10-month project conducted by a Pediatric Consensus Panel of 13 of the nation’s foremost sleep experts, and are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sleep Research Society and the American Association of Sleep Technologists. The expert panel reviewed 864 published scientific articles addressing the relationship between sleep duration and health in children, evaluated the evidence using a formal grading system, and arrived at the final recommendations after multiple rounds of voting.

The Pediatric Consensus Panel found that sleeping the number of recommended hours on a regular basis is associated with overall better health outcomes including: improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.

The panel found that sleeping fewer than the recommended hours is associated with attention, behavior and learning problems. Insufficient sleep also increases the risk of accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and depression. The panel also found that insufficient sleep in teenagers is associated with increased risk of self-harm, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

“More than a third of the U.S. population is not getting enough sleep, and for children who are in the critical years of early development, sleep is even more crucial,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, 2015 – 2016 president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Making sure there is ample time for sleep is one of the best ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for a child.”

Additionally, the panel found that regularly sleeping more than the recommended hours may be associated with adverse health outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and mental health problems.

The benefits of healthy sleep require not only adequate sleep duration, but also appropriate timing, daily regularity, good sleep quality and the absence of sleep disorders. Parents who are concerned that their child is sleeping too little or too much should consult a doctor. To find a local sleep specialist at an accredited sleep center, visit www.sleepeducation.org.

Funding for this project was provided by the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AASM and SRS.

CONTACT: Rebecca Raudabaugh or Matt Kasik, L.C. Williams & Associates, 800-837-7123 or 312-565-4604, rraudabaugh@lcwa.com or mkasik@lcwa.com

About The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals. For more information, visit www.aasmnet.org.

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Interview with Pat Kenny ShowSeptember 10, 2015

Monday 31st August got a great response from my conversation with Shane Coleman on the Pat Kenny Show

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Interview Newstalk BreakfastSeptember 10, 2015

Delighted join Chris and Shane to discuss common sleep problems 19th August 2015

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Interview Red FmSeptember 10, 2015

I helped Anna get a full nights sleep after 4 years of sleep deprivation

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The Health Zone Show UCCMay 9, 2015

I was delighted to be interviewed by The Health Zone Show UCC Radio

 

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Interview with Anton SavageMay 9, 2015

I was called on by The Anton Savage Show as a reliable source for a sleep issue that one mum was having.  Listen here;

 

 

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Interview Number 2 with Marian Finucan RTEMarch 21, 2015

Once again I joined Marian Finucan on Saturday 21st March.  Listen here:

 

http://http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20747413%3A0%3A%3A

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Interview with Pat Kenny NewstalkMarch 21, 2015

I Joined Pat Kenny in the studio on March 16th…listen here…

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Interview with Marian Finucan RTE 1March 21, 2015

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Independent.ie The Irish Sleep WhispererJanuary 27, 2015

http://www.independent.ie/life/family/parenting/the-irish-sleep-whisperer-top-tips-to-get-your-baby-to-sleep-through-the-night-30938423.html

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Ryan Tubridy 2fm Jan 2015January 26, 2015

In conversation with Ryan Tubridy 2fm on the topic of night terrors

 

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RTE Today Show Regular ContributionsJanuary 10, 2015

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Interview on Ray Darcy Today Fm ShowJanuary 10, 2015

Speaking with Alison Curtis on the Ray Darcy morning show

 

http://www.todayfm.com/player/embed.php?mediaType=podcast&id=19008&w=560

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Interview with Ryan Turbridy Sept 2014January 10, 2015

Interview with Ryan Turbridy on sharing a bed

 

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=1%3A20656960%3A4678%3A29%2D09%2D2014%3A

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The Last Word with Matt Cooper Jan 2015January 10, 2015

Interview with Matt Cooper on why I believe controlled crying is NOT the only way

 

http://www.todayfm.com/player/listen_back/7/17306/08th_January_2015_-_The_Last_Word_with_Matt_Cooper_Part_1

 

http://www.todayfm.com/player/listen_back/7/17307/08th_January_2015_-_The_Last_Word_with_Matt_Cooper_Part_2

 

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The Independent Mothers and Babies Suppplement-Tired and WiredJanuary 8, 2015

Tired and wired…

 

With studies consistently demonstrating sleep issues on the rise, parents must be cognisant of the severe negative impact of the use of electronic devices in this context.  The influx of portable electronic media means that it is becoming increasingly difficult to create boundaries between the use of electronics in advance of sleep.

With many school going children reporting their inability to fall asleep with ease and on the other hand parents and teachers are observing poor concentration and motivation among other symptoms, it is probably time for us to review our over reliance on electronic devices around sleep times.

Many parents of very young children employ the use of televisions, apps and ipads to either help entertain and in many cases “wind down” their small people.  The cost however, may be quite large with snap shot studies demonstrating that the more kids use electronics, the less sleep they ultimately get.  In many cases it can be misleading as our children are getting enough sleep but the quality of the sleep is being compromised by the use of technology and this has far reaching consequences for their overall health and well being.

What happens when we use electronics close to sleep time?

It is becoming clear that playing video games, texting, surfing the internet can put the body into fight or flight mode.  You don’t have to be playing a violent game for this to happen, you may not even have to be playing a game. By using electronic media, the brain and body is put into a state of stress from the level of visual and cognitive stimulation.  Young brains are more vulnerable than adult brains and therefore more sensitive to this and at a greater risk.

This may lead to sleep issues on a number of levels.  Firstly the quality of sleep is impacted.  All sleep is not equal, even if the duration is adequate.  A wired brain, that has experienced the fight or flight stress, will cut short the amount of deep sleep completed overnight. Yet this is required to promote the restoring quality of the sleep itself. Poor quality sleep compromises daytime alertness directly affecting mood, behaviour, concentration and so on.

Also, the light emitted from the screens has a negative impact on sleeping patterns.  The intense light signals to the brain that it is wake time, rather than sleep time and inhibits the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.  This can disjoint the circadian rhythm and very often be the sole cause of some children’s inability to go to sleep at an appropriate time.  Dysregulated biological rhythms can keep us from going and staying asleep.

Furthermore, electric magnetic radiation (EMR) is a by-product of anything electronic.  Wireless gadgets, monitors and the internet increase the EMR levels.  The effect of this also disrupts melatonin and exacerbates the fight or flight stress which together impair both the quality of sleep and the ease with which going to sleep is managed.

For many it will be obvious that your child is not getting enough sleep, however other indications that your child is not getting enough restorative sleep may include:

 

 

  1. Finding it difficult to switch off
  2. Hard to waken in the morning
  3. Decreased concentration
  4. Inability to retain information
  5. Dark circles under the eyes

Unfortunately the potential impact on our children who require an age appropriate amount of night time sleep is greater due to their still developing brains and the need to be able to be alert and open to learning.

 

Work on Unplugging your child

Positively, making changes within your child’s sleep can have immediate results.  It is our task as parents to help lay a solid foundation for healthy sleep.

*Disconnect your child from electronics-including television at least one hour and ideally 2 hours before sleep time.

*Keep electronics out of the bedroom.  Children will naturally reengage in other activity in the absence of gadgets

*Help your child develop a pre sleep ritual-reading a book, a relaxing bath, gentle exercises, meditation can all be appropriate to promote good sleep.

 

 

Lucy Wolfe, CGSC, MAPSC, is a paediatric sleep consultant and mum of four young children. She runs a private sleep consulting practice where she provides knowledge, expertise and valuable support to families across the country. See www.sleepmatters.ie <http://www.sleepmatters.ie>, t: 087 2683584 or e: lucy@sleepmatters.ie

This article appeared in The Independent Mothers and Babies Supplement 2014

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RTE Radio 1 with Sean McGuireJune 4, 2014

 

For my interview about the struggles with children’s sleep listen here: June 3rd 2014

 

http://http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!type=radio&rii=9%3a20590320%3a15036%3a03%2d06%2d2014%3a&type=share

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Last Word with Matt Cooper-Time Change, Spring ForwardMarch 28, 2014

clock 1I get a lot of requests at this time of year about the clocks going forward.  I have to say that I don’t find this time change as punishing as the clocks going back and for those of you whose children wake on the early side this can be a bonus.  However, it can take a few days and as long as a week, for their body to adjust to a different mood lighting caused by losing an hour and the fact that our natural body clock is being challenged.

I tend to encourage parents not to over-think this transition as I find as parents we have enough to contend with.  The best options are the following

Firstly, ensure that your child is well rested in the run up to this weekend.  So, getting good naps and night time sleep; then on the day of the change either:

 

  1.  Do nothing; slot them into the new time.  Adjust your clock to reflect the new time and by and follow your typical daily routine, with everything pushed ahead by one hour.  This way your child will lose an hour and this will mean that bedtime is potentially a whole hour earlier than the night before and you may encounter a struggle, so respond accordingly as they process the change.

Or

  1. Spilt the difference between the new time and the “old” time for the first few days with the notion of getting back to your original bedtime within a few days.  Match your feeding schedule to this change.  For example.  If bedtime is usually 7pm, aim for 7.30 “new time”, this in reality would be 6.30pm before the change.  This way you may alleviate the struggle and allow their body to adjust with minimum upset to your daily routine.

Or

 

If you really find that it takes your child time to adjust you could consider bringing timings forward from the Wednesday before the time change. 

  1.  Adjust bedtime 15 minutes earlier on Wednesday evening and follow this through over the next few days, gradually changing nap times, meal times and of course bedtime by 15 minutes so that by Sunday you will already be on the correct clock.

 

 

 

Some important points to remember

  1. Decide on which option suits you and your child/ren best to help with this transition
  2. Continue to pay attention to your child’s tired signals and act accordingly
  3. Ensure that the room is dark enough at both bed-time and on wake-up and also for naps.  You may need to use black out blinds, if you are not already
  4. Be flexible, it takes a good few days for or bodies to adjust to the change; that applies to adults as well as children
  5. Have a consistent response if they are struggling to sleep and avoid ingraining habits that you may need to address in the future.

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TV3 Midday show with Sybil MulcahyMarch 24, 2014

midday 1Thursday 20th March 2014

http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/52/77630/1/Midday

 

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