Sleep for businesses! 

Sleep increases productivity, reduces accidents and improves communication skills, well-rested staff take less time off sick and less carers leave! Sleep makes for more productive meetings and greater cooperation. Sleep promotes better mental health and less workplace and general anxiety!

What’s not to like?

Mathew Walker’s tips for a good night sleep above are very similar to the principles used in teaching a child to sleep.

Need an employee incentive?

Goodnight Solutions has launched a new programme to be delivered in workplaces – targeted specifically at working parents – this 5 week course is designed to be fitted into a 30 minute lunch break and incorporates sleep teaching techniques, Q&A sessions and on-going support for individual employees as needed. For more information contact me at

Baby-led parenting

Responsive feeding, baby-led weaning, no-cry sleep solutions? As health professionals we tell a new mum to always respond to her baby’s cues/signals or distress. We talk about secure attachments and stress hormones and we suggest to a parents that a routine or asking a baby to wait is not achievable or desirable. This is the case in when a new mother is working to establish breastfeeding or a baby is young. There are also a wide range of parenting books going from one extreme to the other. Rigid feeding times which take no account of baby’s personality or a mother’s breast storage capacity to the idea that a baby/child must be carried or worn and will not sleep alone until they are ready. Neither style is wrong but neither are they right for everyone. The vast majority of parents will fall somewhere between the two extremes.

Responsive feeding

Read Emma Pickett’s great blog above about responsive feeding – she makes an excellent point about other members of the family having ‘needs’ too. Life is a compromise and when a mother has more than one child there is a lot of compromising but that is not a bad thing for mum, baby or older siblings – its just life. At what point do we turn to a parent and say ‘ok now you go from always being responsive to putting some boundaries in place’ – I’m not sure we do? The conversation moves from responsive feeding to baby-led weaning, to continuing to cuddle or feed to sleep during a so-called ‘sleep regression’ or ‘leap’ etc!

Increase in Anxiety

We read in the media all the time about how anxiety and depression is on the increase in our youngsters today. We read about ‘generation snowflake’ – an unkind term at the best of times – yet who has created this generation? Has an increase in responsiveness or perhaps permissiveness led to youngsters who have either not heard the word ‘no’ enough or have been forced to make decisions (in the spirit of parents wanting to be sensitive to their ‘needs’) that they are not mature enough to make?

Would we ask a toddler if they want to attend nursery or preschool ? And if they don’t then change the family job situation/finances to accommodate this – not many families could or would do this! Would we ask a child if they want to change school due to problems and so putting the burden onto them? Or do we help and support them to cope with the realities of life?

There is no doubt that our youngsters lives are very different now.  School life is more academic, social media polarizes our views leaving compromise a poor second, and the freedom to make mistakes is limited for our children as they more structured upbringings. Yet our responsibilities as adults are still there – to do some adult-led parenting! Perhaps therefore reduce some of the anxieties our children are growing up with by making our and societies expectations of them clear and allowing some room for failure within this without shame.

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Back to school sleep!

How to get those school-age kids back on track with their sleep after the summer?

Have your summer holiday bedtimes got later and later? No immediate rush in the mornings means more laid-back bedtimes for most of us over the summer holidays. This is not normally a problem after a late Friday or Saturday night but after 6 weeks of school holiday it may be!

If you child has remained having their recommended amount of sleep but at a later onset it is known as ‘late sleep phase’ . This is also a naturally occurring situation in teenagers and is part of normal development. Luckily it is also one of the easiest issues to resolve whether it is a holiday problem or a longer term one.

Top tips for back to school sleep;

Start with your child’s current sleep onset time – i.e the time they fall asleep not the time they are put to bed. Use a short bedtime time routine and start this roughly 45 minutes before they are currently falling asleep. For example if your child falls asleep at 10.45pm then start bedtime routine at 10pm. Aim to bring this time forward by 15 minutes every 2-3 nights and reinforce this with motivating rewards. Ensure you are waking your child in the morning at the time required for back to school mornings. You should be back on track within 1-2 weeks.

This method works well with those children who get anxious about bedtime and take a long time to fall asleep. A reward system in this situation would be aimed at keeping your child lying still in bed and working with their natural tiredness.

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