Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Will I Ever Get Some Sleep?


In talking with numerous parents of young children over the years, I think the #1 question I get is "How can I get my baby to sleep?" Parents are sleep-deprived, struggling with exhaustion, and out of patience with their baby’s lack of sleep. And moms are hit doubly hard because they’ve just come through all the sleep problems that can be associated with pregnancy. Fortunately, there’s a great book available that can help expectant and new parents cope with sleep disturbances. Sleep Deprived No More: From Pregnancy to Early Motherhood—Helping You and Your Baby Sleep Through the Night shows that restful sleep can be achieved, both during pregnancy and after birth. Topics include:

An Introduction to Sleep, which explains how we sleep and tips for improving sleep.

Sleep and Pregnancy
, which explains sleep problems and solutions for each trimester of pregnancy.

Solving Common Sleep Problems
, which addresses issues such as restless legs syndrome, snoring, sleep apnea and more.

After the Baby Is Born
, which addresses the sleep problems of babies in the first six weeks, from 6 weeks to 6 months, and getting your baby to sleep through the night.

Author Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of psychology at Saint Joseph’s University. She has also written books on sleep issues with older children, including Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens and Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

Sleep Deprived No More
is an excellent resource that will give hope to all the expectant and new parents who are fearful they may never sleep well again. And the tips and advice are practical and realistic so that all parents can follow them. Every doctor should be handing this book to his or her pregnant patients!

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