Ever heard the saying “someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed”? Usually used as a response to someone’s crabby behaviour, this remark is a nod to the importance of sleep to the human psyche – that if someone did not sleep well, they would tend to be grumpy and take it out on others!
Sleep is central to human existence and experts have come up with all manner of ways to improve sleep quality. From when to sleep to how to sleep to how many hours of sleep, it is clear that humanity needs to sleep well in order to function optimally.
What if we can provide the gift of effective sleep patterns to our children by training them young? Not only will this foster a lifelong positive relationship with sleep, but it can also spare parents the torment of endless nights of disrupted sleep caused by a restless baby or child.
Babies, like adults, function more efficiently during the day if they have a good night’s sleep. Further, good sleep is vital to the growth and development of babies. Their brains are still developing and sleep facilitates babies, among other things, to build up their memory and process the things they learn in their waking hours. Research has shown that good childhood sleep is linked to better memory and brain function in adulthood.
There has also been a link between a lack of sleep in children to diabetes, obesity and other health and learning issues later in life.
Suffice to say, sleep is vital for both babies, children and adults – the sooner you start, the better.
This is where sleep therapists and coaches such as Lavina Rajah, the founder of Our Little Chicks Sleep Solutions step in to assist. Lavinia, a certified paediatric sleep consultant is in the business of coaching parents and teaching their babies to sleep independently well on a healthy routine for their age – training that can yield a positive routine for life.
Lavinia’s approach is both practical and empathetic. She acknowledges that all children are different and she customises a plan for your child based on your child’s specific needs and temperaments with compassion and understanding. She supports parents through the sleep training process and provides insightful guidance to navigate future sleep challenges to make sure your child retains a positive attitude to sleep. Don’t just take my word for it. Lavinia’s many happy clients have posted reviews on Facebook on their experience working with her! Check it out.
With the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, parents will be relieved to learn that Lavinia’s professional assistance can be done through technology via an initial 1-2 hour video consultation which includes an inspection of your child’s sleeping environment, This will be followed up with a detailed and customised Sleep Plan for your child followed by 2 to 3 weeks of support. This means that her professional advice and support transcends geographical barriers!
In the words of writer John Steinbeck : “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Sleep is therefore well worth the investment!