Recently, I’ve had a couple of fantastic opportunities to talk about the importance of healthy sleep habits, for children and their parents, with broad audiences. I’m excited to share them with you, hoping that they help you continue your journey towards sweet sleep for your family.
Sleep and Maternal Mental Health
Working with parents who have perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) is a cause that’s near and dear to me. In addition to my work with Sugar Night Night, I am also a founding board member of the California state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI). PSI focuses on PMADs awareness, prevention, and treatment, and it’s a valuable resource for support. So you’ll understand why I was honored to be included in a recent article on the Parents Magazine website titled “The Link Between Sleep and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.”
Writer Lisa Heffernan did a terrific job delving into how sleep deprivation can intensify the symptoms of PMADs. The article contains several useful tips for parents who need to improve the quality of their sleep. I discussed some of the strategies that I’ve found work well with my clients, including the use of brown noise, how to wind down before going to sleep, and why it helps to sleep on your side.
I encourage anyone coping with PMADs to read this article or reach out to me for a consultation. It’s the perfect reading material for May, which is Mental Health Month and Maternal Mental Health Month Day is 5/5/21.
Children and Sleep Regulation
If your focus is more on coaching your little one towards healthy sleep habits, you’ll want to watch two new videos I did with Dr. Kate Truitt; they will be on YouTube in May 2021.
No matter what age your child is, we’ve got you covered. The first video is “Sleep, Attachment, and Infant Brain Development.” The first 12 months of your little one’s life are filled with developmental milestones that influence—and are influenced by—your child’s sleep habits. I offer a lot of actionable information and suggestions to help you and your little one set an early foundation for good, quality sleep.
The second video is “You Are Their Park: Your Toddler Doesn’t Want to Say Goodbye to the Day or Goodnight to You.” You know how your little one may cry or put up a fuss when park playtime is over, and you have to go home? It’s the same kind of concept at bedtime, and this video provides helpful hints to ease the transition.
I’m always happy to reach out to new audiences and spread the word about Sugar Night Night and the issues around sleep coaching. And of course, you can always find me on my the Clubhouse App and Zoom webinars for Sleep Talking Tuesdays; follow me on Instagram for all the details.