Common baby sleep disturbances

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Common baby sleep disturbances

So the five most common things that can make your child stay up at night or have difficulty sleeping through the night are: 1. Too late of a bed time – so if you miss your child’s natural window when it’s easiest for them to go to sleep and stay asleep, they’ll get overtired, secrete hormones and have a harder time going to sleep and wake up more during the night. Not logical, but true. 2. The second one is nap deprivation – so the less they sleep during the day, the more difficulty they’re going to have going to sleep at night and sleeping through the night. 3. The third one is if they’re put down to bed asleep or too drowsy, so they can’t learn the skill to put themselves to sleep and therefore back to sleep when they wake during the night, because we all naturally wake every 3 to 4 hours during the night. So it’s actually a skill we have to all learn. 4. The other reason could be underlying medical conditions – asthma, allergies, reflux and sleep apnea – are very common and often under diagnosed and those can make your child wake up during the night.

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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