Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do we have mistaken ideas about sleep?

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Selene said...

I find this really interesting and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Kelly said...

I can't wait to hear more!

Kathy Whitham, RN said...

Yes! I want to know more. There must be a better way!

DIYDanielle said...

Interesting! My 9 mo old has awful sleep troubles so id love to hear more.

Rebecca Thompson, M.S., MFT said...

DIYDanielle, Hope you were able to find the next post. Some things to ponder: When did your 9 month old's sleep challenges begin? What was your baby's birth like? What is the story of conception, gestation, into birth and the first few months? The beautiful thing about understanding that a baby is sentient is that the story of the baby's life is relevant to not sleeping well. Babies are often showing their story in their sleep, in the way they struggle to settle or the way they wake up, or even if they sleep restlessly. Remembering their story in the daytime and creating the space to tell their story in the daytime (and for your baby to show their story in the daylight) helps the child to begin to sleep better at night. It truly is amazing and beautiful to realize how much our babies have a story and are constantly communicating with us, even if we don't "get it" right away. Pay attention to what you find yourself thinking about when your baby is not sleeping. There is a free audio on my website with Ray Castellino introducing some of the main ideas. Check it out and let me know what you think!