How Much Sleep Do We Need?

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Knowing how much sleep you and your little one need can be difficult. Just as each child is different, so can their sleep needs be as well. Children, when they lack sleep, have an opposite reaction to that of many adults or what many adults would think looks “tired”. When adults are tired, they usually slow down, get sluggish and sleepy, moody and experience what we know as ‘tired symptoms’. When children are tired or over tired they can react in the opposite way with symptoms resembling ADHD like hyperactivity, moodiness, energy surges, resistance and more (1).    In 2015,...

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Autism and Sleep

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About the Author: Marietta Paxson is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in baby, toddler, and child sleep. She graduated with a Masters in Science from Brigham Young University in 2011. She has practiced as a therapist, taught parenting courses for BYU-I, and founded Little Dreamers baby sleep consulting. She is the mother of two-year-old twins and a four-year-old. She is passionate about maternal mental health and supporting mothers in the crazy journey of motherhood. Her favorite way to do that right now is to help parents and babies get the sleep they need to not only function but...

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Sleep Training Options and Recommendations

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Babies and sleep can sometimes be a hard thing to figure out. There are many different methods of sleep training, and it is up to you as parents to figure out which one works best for you and your child. While we don't explicitly recommend any one way, here are some ways the AAP has studied and highlights.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports and recognizes behavioral techniques in helping infants learn to sleep. Two different sleep-training methods, the “Controlled Comforting” and the “Camping Out” methods were specially recognized in a recent study evaluating the longer effects of sleep...

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Why Lavender Helps Calm and Relax

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We get a lot of questions about how lavender helps you sleep and why it relaxes and calms. Lavender has been used for centuries in bathing, washing, massage, aromatherapy, and for several medicinal purposes. While lavender is touted as one of the best essential oils, what actually make it so great for sleep? And is all the hype true? We’ve gathered some clinical research that can help answer those questions for you.    A lot of studies have been done on lavender, but for now we’ll focus on the studies surrounding sleep and relaxation with lavender inhalation.   Research shows...

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Melatonin Dosage

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We get asked a lot by parents, who have received guidance from their medical provider, about what dose of melatonin they should give to their child or for themselves.  We always recommend you consult with your physician but listed below is the recommended dosing.   Melatonin has many uses and is proven to be quite effective at more than just help with sleep. Melatonin is a great option for parents looking for a clinically proven option to help either themselves or their kids get the sleep they need without the risk and negative side effects that drug-based products carry.   The...

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