Asthma, restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy…these are just a few of the medical problems that can coexist and underlie behavioral sleep problems in children. Generalized anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder can also cause sleep problems in children over the age of six, and should absolutely be ruled out prior to any sleep coaching. These are just a couple of the topics Kim West, family therapist and author of Good Night, Sleep Tight, discusses on today’s episode. For over 20 years now, she’s been known as “The Sleep Lady”, a testament to the focus of her work and her success in helping both children and parents in this area. She discusses different methods used for coaching children under six months of age to fall asleep well, and why she believes the method she’s developed—which she refers to as parental fading or The Sleep Lady Shuffle—is the healthiest for children and parents alike.
Tune in to hear the full conversation and learn more by visiting sleeplady.com.