Improving parents' sleep, step-by-step
1. Are your children waking you up and is it disrupting your sleep?
If the child is younger than six months, we will explore possibilities to adjust your lifestyle to baby's sleep patterns and to set baby up to becoming a good sleeper when he or she is a few months older.
If the child is older than six months, we will explore ways to tackle frequent awakenings and help your child sleep longer stretches.
2. How is your sleep hygiene?
We will look at your sleep environment, lifestyle, and schedule to make sure you are doing everything to maximize your sleep quality.
3. Are you getting enough down time?
Overtiredness is one major cause of sleeplessness. We will explore possibilities for you to get more rest during the daytime and techniques that can help you wind down, physically and mentally.
4. What are your sources of stress and tension?
When something big is happening in your life, these changes can disrupt your sleep. Learning techniques to manage the stress and disengage from worrisome thoughts can help improve your sleep.
5. Are you worried about your sleeplessness?
When sleep is too much on your mind, you get sleepless. Addressing and correcting false beliefs about sleep can help you get more peace of mind.
The paradox of insomnia is that the less you are willing to experience it, the more likely you will. Learning to surrender to insomnia can be the key to treating recurrent sleep difficulties.
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