Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping parents raise happy, healthy kids, one sleep at a time

Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping parents raise happy, healthy kids, one sleep at a time

by Sharon Moore


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Does your child resist going to bed, wake during the night or get up super early? Do they wake up groggy, despite sleeping for a long time? Do they snore, breathe noisily, or wake in a tangle of bedclothes?

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, or do they have difficulty focusing? Are they a ball of energy, and just can’t sit still? Do they get sick often?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, chances are, your child has a sleep problem.

You are not alone. 25% of children have sleep problems, and these problems can start the pattern for a lifetime of health, behaviour and learning problems. On the flip side, when good sleep is the norm, kids can grow and thrive.

Sleep-wrecked Kids will teach you about how to solve your child’s sleep problems, including:

  • Explaining what ‘good sleep’ actually means
  • Sharing the raft of problems that can be caused by bad sleep
  • Common red flags for sleep problems, so you can assess your child
  • How you can optimise your child’s routine and environment to improve their sleep
  • Listing the range of medical practitioners and specialists who can help your child

With this book, your entire family will finally learn how you can get a good night’s sleep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648137283
Publisher: Grammar Factory Pty. Ltd.
Publication date: 05/25/2018
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 541,095
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sharon Moore is an author, speaker, speech pathologist and founder of Well Spoken. She is on the transdisciplinary team for the Canberra Sleep Clinic, and helps improves littlies' sleep by treating disorders of the upper airway with myofunctional therapy. Knowing the critical impact of sleep on a child's physical, mental, social and emotional development, she is spreading the word to parents about the importance of sleep and the airway, as they prepare their children for life in and outside the family bubble. It all starts with a good night's sleep.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introductio n 15

Why isn’t anyone doing anything? 17

It doesn’t have to be this way… 19

Who am I? 21

Chapter ONE: The importance of sleep 23

How sleep problems are hurting your kids 29

Behavioural consequences of sleep problems 29

Physical consequences of sleep problems 33

Effect on mental aptitude 34

Long-term effects 36

Sleep deprivation in kids with special needs 38

It’s time to act 41

Chapter two: Understanding sleep problems 43

What is good sleep? 46

The types and stages of sleep 47

How much sleep do you need? 58

The good sleep formula 62

What is bad sleep? 63

A guide to common sleep disorders 64

Chronic medical and physical conditions and sleep disorders 70

Evolution and our airways 74

Genetics and epigenetics 76

Causes of disordered sleep (as opposed to sleep disorders) 78

The self-perpetuating cycle of disordered sleep 79

Chapter THREE: Recognising the red flags 81

Sleep red flags 83

Behavioural red flags 86

Night-time shenanigans 86

Daytime shenanigans 87

Environment and routine red flags 89

Environment health check 89

Health check for the bedtime routine 90

Airway red flags 90

Myofunctional and dental red flags 90

Medical red flags 91

How do I know how serious the problem is? 91

Chapter FOUR: What can I do? 103

Physical environment 104

Emotional environment 107

Routine 114

Where to start? 114

Bedtime routine tips 116

Night-time routine tips 121

Morning routine tips 124

Daytime routine tips 125

Helping new routines stick 128

Third-party magic 131

Chapter FIVE: How to build a healthy airway,

the ‘myo’ way 135

The role of myofunctional therapy 138

Who does myofunctional therapy? 142

Myo and sleep disorders 143

Optimising sleep with myo 145

Myo-optimise: How to prepare your kids for good airway

from day one 147

In utero 147

Breastfeeding 150

Nose breathing 156

Moving to solid food 160

Learning to speak well 166

Games and activities that promote an open airway 169

Encouraging the muscles to rest in the right place 171

When to bring in the experts 172

Chapter SIX: Should we work with

a specia list? 173

Who can help with sleep disorders? 175

Who can help with disordered sleep? 194

Who can help with babies? 197

How to choose the right specialist for your child 200

Working in partnership with your specialist team 202

Conclusion: What’s next ? 205

Take your own sleep seriously 205

Stay vigilant 207

Spread the word 208

Appendice s 211

Appendix A: Building good sleep habits for babies 211

How to help your bub get a good night’s sleep 212

Your baby’s sleep environment 212

Light 213

Noise 214

Bedding 214

Sleepwear 214

Other sources of discomfort 215

Your baby’s sleep routine 216

In the morning 216

During the day 216

Nap time 217

Feeding 218

Preparing your baby for bedtime 218

Lullaby 218

Bedtime routine 219

Going to sleep 219

Night weaning 220

Managing sleep when there are siblings or new babies

in the house 221

Thank you 227

About the author 229

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