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Order My Book-The Baby Sleep SolutionJanuary 6, 2017

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The Baby Sleep Solution




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

….I just want to say thank you for your book! It’s absolutely magical and I’ve only been following your guides for less than a week. I have a 5.5 month old baby boy named S. I know that you don’t recommend “sleep training” before 6 months but we were desperate! Sam was a cat napper and a very poor one at that. We had somehow fallen into the habit of nursing him to sleep, which meant short naps, frequent wakings, and reversing his feeds so that he ate all night long and only snacked during the day.
We have already managed to teach him to go to sleep without nursing for both naps and bedtimes which is a huge achievement for us! He’s also napping. He started napping on schedule for the correct amount of time the very first day that we started the routine. He sleeps better at night too, waking every 3-4 hours instead of 1-2.
I know it’s still very much a work in progress but I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful, magical book!!! I’ve been telling all the moms I know about our success so far.
Your book made the process seem far less daunting than other sleep guides and books that I have read, which made it much easier to start the learning process.
Tonight my husband is going to be able to put Sam to bed and I never thought that I would have a bedtime off.
Thanks again from a very happy Mommy…..

….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


Hi Lucy…sorry for e-mailing on a Sat night but I’m just bursting to let you know how your book has changed our lives!!! I discovered last night that we have a new taoiseach and that the UK are leaving the EU!!! I started both your sleep training and night feed weaning our gorgeous baby girl S last Sunday night and every night since about Thursday I’ve seen the 9.00 news…last night I think she slept right through the night…i know I did!!! Many, many thanks again …..

“Your book is fantastic. I’ve read a number of baby sleep book and your book is the best by far; you do something that the rest of the books don’t do which is very important for compliance with the routines/ interventions; you explain why one needs to do x, y or z. You also are a lot more flexible in your approach than a lot of the books which is more appealing to families.”

So I bought your book and I love it. I really mean that. I love that you keep stressing that it is not going to be fixed instantly, and that you give a step-by-step, day-by-day guide to how to teach our little ones how to sleep.

Your book is fantastic. I’ve read a number of baby sleep book and your book is the best by far; you do something that the rest of the books don’t do which is very important for compliance with the routines/ interventions; you explain why one needs to do x, y or z. You also are a lot more flexible in your approach than a lot of the books which is more appealing to families.”
Firstly I would like to thank you! Thank you for giving us our life back. Before your book my son could wake 20+ times a night sometimes for 10 minutes sometimes for hours, he would cat nap for maybe 20 minutes twice a day and was a constant overtired cranky boots. We were at breaking point and felt we had tried every trick in the book. I really am against letting babies cry it out and felt that this was the only chance left. I had read books and articles listened to all the advice under the sun. Then your book popped up in my suggested reads on Amazon so I gave it a go. Now my happy little boy has 2 decent naps, wakes up refreshed and well rested, he goes to bed at 7 in the evening (best of luck to anyone who dares to keep him up any later) and I have to wake him in the mornings at 7.30! We don’t even have a dummy run!!! It actually only took 4 nights to get a 12 hour stretch of sleep and there was less crying implementing your changes than there was before. I remember sitting on the couch at 7pm on the 4th night and I sent u a DM to thank you. I have said it before and I will say it again your book is like my bible, it has given me my life back, from the bottom of my heart thank you

Hi, Your book only arrived today. But I had been reading your articles over the last few days while I anxiously waited!! Some things we tried this week were starting their wake time earlier, we tried to be more scheduled with their nap and bedtime. one twin screams the house down going to bed lately, he was actually holding onto me as I got closer to his cot tonight. I have really only had a chance to scan sections of the book so far today but tonight I sat on the floor beside him… within 15 minutes he was fast asleep! A major record lately, it’s been up to 3 hours some nights! The other twin is usually the problem during the night & only woke once last night so I’m looking forward to making more changes and hopefully improving all our sleep and routines. Fingers crossed we’re off to a great start
Hi Lucy…I bought your book last week in Tesco Douglas. I have tweaked naps as per your book for my 7month old as she woke on the hour at night and cat napped through the day. As a result of sticking to a routine for the first few days she is having 2 or 3 naps during the day now and wakung either once or twice at night which is a huge improvement for us. Thank you so much, I have recommended your book to a few friends

We borrowed The Baby Sleep Solution from our local county library. Renewed it quite a few times too, to keep it on hand, and us on track.
We made small changes to our evening routine and then followed the bedtime routine for 18 month olds.
We are delighted with all that was achieved, and all without tears – hers or ours!

An excellent book which addresses all components of sleep and most importantly…..it works a treat! Thanks Lucy!

Two words Lucy- life saving!!

Best book I bought and 1 I kept referring back to until LO was 12mths

Great book lucy have passed it around a few friends it definitely works as long as we stick with it

Fantastic book, easy tips to follow but persistence is key!! We now have an 18 month old who tells us when it’s time for bed!!! Thanks Lucy!

your book has transformed my life. all it took was implementing your nap schedule. my 8 mo didnt sleep day or night. your book was recommended by a friend. she now naps twice a day and sleeps with 1 or 2 wake up at night. she was co sleeping.. wanted ro feed all night woke minimum 8 times. we were both exhausted. shes now in her own room . i still feed before bed but mostly shes awake going into cot and settles easily enough. and still feed on demand but the demands are far less. i honestly didnt believe it could work. THANK YOU so much .

My little girl is 1 now and has been sleeping through since she was 7 months old because I implemented the self settling approach that you teach on your book,she used to have all her naps on my arms and would wake up many times during the night.I was able to teach her to self settle and to sleep in her cot during her naps thanks to you.Happy mummy and happy baby 😊 thank you so much xx

I bought Lucy’s book when my daughter was 5.5 months old. Initially I was sceptical that reading a book could transform my daughters poor sleeping habits! She needed to be nursed to sleep or else buggy/Car for naps. All her naps were short and she woke multiple times a night, needing a feed to resettle. I followed Lucy’s plan and within 10 days my little girl was settling herself to sleep for her naps and also bedtime. Her bedtime also changed from 10pm to 7pm! As she has gotten older I have adjusted her routine according to Lucy’s routines and she has maintained her 7pm bedtime, generally sleeping straight through to 5.45am. I’d highly recommend Lucy’s book to anyone in need of a nights sleep!!!

We bought your book in December and began making chances to my 16month old’s day routine and we saw big improvements at night time. Last Monday we began the stay and support approach and for the first time in 16months he has slept through the night 😊unfotuntley he has a head cold at the minute but we are still seeing so much improvemnt in his sleep. I breastfed him until 10months with several night wakings and holding him to sleep which I then replaced with pacing and rocking to sleep. My daughter is nearly 3 and half years old and she is now sleeping all night in her bed since we implemented the routine for her. We were lying down with her and either getting into her bed or taking her into our bed. Evening and night time has been transformed in our house, it’s amazing. I’m sure in the next few weeks my son will be settled. So happy so thank you very much

Our 20 month old has been very sleep resistant from 5 months. I tried other methods which worked temporarily but then he regressed. After reading your book and implementing the steps he is now sleeping through the night. Thank you.

Your book was recommended to me by a friend when my little boy was born. Everyone told me he would just ‘fall into a routine’ but as a first time mum I had no idea what to expect. We started implemented your ideas at around 5 months (bedtime routine,etc) and it’s been fantastic. Hes slept through the night from 6 months, has had a fairly regular routine and when he’s had the normal teething and sickness blips we get back on track straight away. It’s made me totally relaxed with his ‘routine’ and we can bring him anywhere at any time as I know it won’t affect his night time sleeps. This was especially important when I went back to work. It’s the only baby book I recommend to other mums! Thanks Lucy

I bought this book at the baby fare in the RDS last year while I was expecting. I read the book before my baby was born but I never truly anticipated that I would need help getting my baby to sleep!! I ended up breastfeeding my baby (despite not planning to do so) and our sleeping routine spiralled out of control. My baby became parent and boob dependent in order to sleep. It was a vicious cycle. I was feeding her every 45 minutes at night because that was the only way she could go back to sleep. We were both exhausted and it didn’t help that she was a very poor day time napper. She was getting 50 minutes a day. Thankfully she always enjoyed going to bed early, around 6.30/7.00 pm but I had to stay in bed with her as we were co sleeping and she needed me every 45 minutes so I was bedroom bound for the night. This day last week I took Lucy’s book out and I read it from front to back! To make a long story short, our 5 month old is now having 3/4 daytime naps, lasting between 40 minutes to an hour and a half. She is sleeping in her crib beside our bed and is waking approximately twice during the night for a feed. If she wakes any subsequent time she puts herself back to sleep. She still isn’t particularly happy going to sleep and cries for a short while but we just sit and reassure her and she usually nods off within 15 minutes. In a week we all have a whole new lease of life! And I don’t feel as hopeless anymore! Happy baby, happy mammy, all thanks to Lucy. Oh and it’s also worth noting that I love that she doesn’t recommend the cry it approach. Stay and support is the only way to go! Could not recommend this book enough. Every parent should have a copy.

Hi Lucy! My little boy is 13 months now. My mam bought your book for me when my baby boy was around 6 months old. I can honestly say it was one of the best presents! Our baby had just moved into his own room and we had decided it was time to start gently trying to get him into some semblance of a routine!! I started with daytime naps and followed your methods. I had a few difficult days getting him to go for naps but it clicked after a few days.. My clever boy responding well to your techniques 😀 once I had daytime naps mastered our next step was moving bedtime forward. Honestly there were nights when all 3 of us wouldn’t get to bed until 1130pm wondering where the day went….so how on earth would we manage a 7pm bedtime? Guess what? It worked!! Not straight away obviously but it didn’t take too long. I remember us sitting in front of the t.v. at 730pm wondering how we’d been doing it so wrong until now! Hindsight is a wonderful thing but we were 1st time parents just trying to figure it out! When Liam was 8 months i followed your techniques for night weaning and within 5 nights, night feeds were a thing of the past .. albeit there were 2 difficult nights. Worth it in the long run! Our baby is such a happy little boy who is in such a great routine so is well rested. I cannot recommend your book highly enough Lucy…in fact since I got it I have been recommending it at any possible opportunity….when something works why not share the secret?! This is a perfect present for any new parents. Thank you Lucy

The Baby Sleep Solution was the perfect solution for our little family. Our baby girl would only sleep in her Mummy’s arms during the day and was very unsettled during the night. As a father I felt helpless as only my wife could manage to settle her. Following the guidelines laid out in the book enabled my wife to teach our little girl to sleep in her cot and put herself back to sleep. I am so happy that I can now be a part of the bedtime and nap routines. I love putting my little girl down to sleep and watch her drift away to sleep on the camera. Very proud father and husband, very proud of my 2 girls.
I studied the book front to back and waited for the right time to start. We now have a baby who can sleep in a cot instead of going out in the pram at 8am. Night time is still a struggle and being in bed so early some nights has meant very early starts. It’s going to take time to slowly adjust that. He’s still up between 1 and 3 times and we have yet to achieve decent nap lengths. But it’s only been 3 weeks. I appreciate the daily structure to guide us as he grows. I would recommend the book to educate yourself about baby sleep and as a guide. Just don’t expect it to make your child sleep all night or for it to happen quickly!!

I saw u on the mornings my am show and ran out to buy this book.I would recommend this book to anyone I started it when by baby boy was 4 months old and found it fantastic,it helped me understand what he needed,he is a great sleeper thanks Lucy x

Hey there, I used Lucy’s book for my son at 6 months and within 3 nights he was sleeping through the night and within 5 days he was having 2 long naps during the day. Back at work now and having a baby that sleeps the night through every night is just brillaint. I cannot recommend the book enough.
I am a huge advocate of Lucy’s work and book since implementing the strategies after the 4 month sleep regression. Our little boy was finding day time naps an awful struggle but we got Lucy’s plan, stuck to it and it worked a dream! day time then fed into night time and we got ourselves a dream sleeper. I refer to the book regularly when going through age/ nap transitions etc. it is such a useful tool. I preach so much about it that my friends in my mother and baby group think I’m a sleep guru! our ten month old now sleeps over 12 uninterrupted hours each night from 7pm and we are thrilled to have our evenings back! Thanks Lucy

Lucy your book has been our life line.

There were so many days when it felt like nothing we were doing was working but your book finally put a structure on our days and we have a much happier little baba as a result. He is 8months old and we started your technique when he was 5 and a half months. I couldn’t bear the idea of allowing him to cry himself to sleep so your stay and support method suited us perfectly. We were really worried that we wouldn’t be able to ever get him to sleep without rocking and walking him asleep (and he is one heavy little baba!) but sure enough a couple of days into the new method and he was able to nod off himself. He has two solid naps a day and is in his leaba by 7pm every evening – we don’t know what to be doing with ourselves but its bliss!

Thank you so much for your sound and wise advice, the words of encouragement, your sensible and sympathetic approach and for giving us the confidence to implement the changes needed to have a much happier and contented little man.

Keep up the good work and the very best for all your endeavours in the future

So, I bought your book and its brilliant.

I am afraid to jinx it but so far, it is sorting J out. it seems the timing of the naps & bedtime is what he needed.

I have recommended my friends to get your book and even just had the health visitor here to do their one year check (at 14 months!) and she took a picture of the book to recommend to other mothers.

Thank you very much another easy 7pm bedtime after 12 hours sleep last night and we are only 4 days in! your book is my bible thank you

Followed Lucy’s book when my son was 6 months old and it was brilliant. When H was about 11 months he was struggling with having 2 naps and I followed Lucy’s instructions to reduce the first nap to an hour and once again it worked perfectly. I cannot recommend her book enough for sleep training. No crying it out.”

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!!!

I just want to say thank you for your book! It’s absolutely magical and I’ve only been following your guides for less than a week. I have a 5.5 month old baby boy named S. I know that you don’t recommend “sleep training” before 6 months but we were desperate! S was a cat napper and a very poor one at that. We had somehow fallen into the habit of nursing him to sleep, which meant short naps, frequent wakings, and reversing his feeds so that he ate all night long and only snacked during the day.

We have already managed to teach him to go to sleep without nursing for both naps and bedtimes which is a huge achievement for us! He’s also napping. He started napping on schedule for the correct amount of time the very first day that we started the routine. He sleeps better at night too, waking every 3-4 hours instead of 1-2.

I know it’s still very much a work in progress but I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful, magical book!!! I’ve been telling all the moms I know about our success so far.

Your book made the process seem far less daunting than other sleep guides and books that I have read, which made it much easier to start the learning process.

Tonight my husband is going to be able to put S to bed and I never thought that I would have a bedtime off.

Thanks again from a very happy Mommy!

Hope you are well, I briefly mentioned on your instagram last week about our success story with our little ones sleep pattern.

He was 7 months and (me being a new mum thought he would “automatically slip into his own nap routine) would not sleep pass 45 minutes for his nap and the same in the afternoon. I knew naps during the day were important for his development that infound myself spending the whole daytying to get him to rest. He was even waking at 5am on que every too. He is a great night sleeper, just pop him in his cot and off he goes. But the day was exhausting (i know some parents would be glad of that during the day and have noghts sleep).

I ordered your book and within 3 days of sticking to the plan…..BOOM we had the start of a routine that he loves and suits him!! Its crazy how fast he started to fall into it and still knows on que when nap time is. I even kept in mind your tips on when we go away (Daddy is from Cork and we love in Mayo so lots of family visits). I.just keep the same times and he still falls in on que.
So thank you Lucy! ! You truley are a genuis and would love to see more of you on TV or even your own roadshow!!! Get the baby stores or someone to sponsor you as you will get a HUGE following. And parents will pay to hear your advice!! Our mum and baby group were on a dinner night out and you were the subject at our table for the night!! Next time you should come out with is!!!

Good luck with all your ventures

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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:

 

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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

 

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Interview with Ryan Turbridy Sept 2014January 10, 2015

Interview with Ryan Turbridy on sharing a bed

 

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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

 

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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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