Dos and Don’ts of Daylight Savings for Special Needs Kids

For most parents (and sleep coaches), there’s a lot of dread around the one hour difference. It’ll mean earlier mornings, more bedtime protest, interrupted sleep…for a week or so. But for the special needs parent, it might mean weeks or a few months for things to reset…only to have another time change happen. Whether it’s […]

6 Tips for Using a Sleep Training Clock

The sleep training clock is a tool that my team uses often when sleep training kids with special needs. When used correctly, a sleep training clock can be a very effective way to combat early mornings, and teach your child when it’s okay to start the day.  However, before you rush out and buy a […]

My Child With Autism Doesn’t Sleep – Help!

Whether your child with ASD has struggled to sleep for days, weeks, months…or years, it can feel overwhelming and frustrating as to why it’s just. not. happening. As a parent, you worry how your child can function on the few hours they’re getting. You may have asked your child’s doctors and therapists about their sleep […]

ABA Therapy and Sleep

For any child with special needs, getting the treatments needed for development and health is crucial.  In order for them to have the best opportunities to thrive, parents like you are determined to get their child the services that they so desperately need. One common therapy many kids with autism receive is ABA, or Applied […]

Sleep Struggles: Your Child with Trisomy 21

Many children with special needs have difficult sleeping well through the night. For a child with Trisomy 21, it is not uncommon for them to deal with a number of issues nightly: Difficulty falling asleep (takes a long time) Restlessness, lots of tossing and turning Wakes up frequently at night Needs help falling asleep Light […]

3 Things Sleep Training Doesn’t Do

When parents come home from the hospital with their new baby, all of the preparing they have done gets put in place immediately.  Without any practice runs.  And, no matter what parents have read or bought I think there’s an overwhelming feeling of “I have no idea what I’m doing!”  Now, you have to keep […]

Technology and Sleep – Why Sleepwalking Happens

Each day, I get daily updates on all the things coming out with regards to sleep science.  This week, one article stood out in particular about sleepwalking and night terrors.  Here’s what I found really surprising: Nearly 20% of children are considered regular sleep walkers, and 5% of kids have re-occurring night terrors. That’s a […]

Unlock Your Health Interview with Dr. Murthy

      blog RSS To listen to the full interview, please visit: http://www.uyhradio.com/episode-41 A couple of months ago, I was introduced to Dr. Vijay Murthy.  Currently located in England, Dr. Murthy is an aryuvedic doctor and trained in naturopathy, helping his patients get on a pathway to total wellness through holistic means.  I have had […]

How much sleep do new parents lose?

An article this month in The London Economic reveals that new parents lose the equivalent of up to three months of sleep during the first year of their baby’s life (about 2 hours nightly, on average). The surprising results of the study showed that oftentimes, dads are losing just as much sleep, if not more than […]

Nidra Yoga for Sleep

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my first nidra yoga class.  This type of yoga is gaining popularity as it is often recommended to adults who have sleep problems.  It is one of several forms of mindfulness meditation. Going into the class, I was already feeling tired — Saturday night my sister […]