Is My Child Overtired?: The Sleep Solution for Raising Happier, Healthier Children

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 23, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Wake up! Your kids are tired.
More and more often, bedtime is a battle that parents just don't have the energy to fight. With the demands of juggling work, running a household, and raising kids, it is easy for parents to be lax about their children's sleep habits. They may not realize that fatigue is the number-one cause of health and behavioral problems, and it is frequently overlooked. If you find that your kids are often cranky, hyperactive, or prone to headaches and growing pains, these are red flags that they may be overtired.
Describing the unique sleep requirements for every stage of a child's development from infancy through adolescence, Is My Child Overtired? is a proactive child-rearing plan that encourages parents to establish and stick to a sleep routine for the whole family. Pediatrician Will Wilkoff, M.D., explains how to recognize the signs of fatigue and gives you specific guidelines to determine how much sleep a child really needs (you'll be surprised -- they need a lot more than you think). Combining practical wisdom with a voice you can trust, Is My Child Overtired? discusses:

  • Getting off on the right foot with your new baby
  • Helping your child to sleep through the night
  • Crafting a relaxing and reliable bedtime ritual
  • Adding daytime siestas when nighttime sleep isn't enough
  • Finding ways to maintain bedtimes on weekdays, on weekends, and even during school vacations and family trips

Simply put, when your kids sleep more, they'll feel better. And so will you.

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Dr. Wilkoff has erroneously cited my son as being "underslept". He knows nothing of the incident that occurred in his kindergarten year whereby he fell asleep after lunch on his way to the afternoon session. Dr. Wilkoff has never been in touch with my son, or myself, or his father regarding the incident. He has no idea that Dewey was raised in a very sleep-healthy home. Dewey consistently went to bed at a regular hour and slept well. I am appalled that any medical doctor would utilize an old news story to support their research without doing the research surrounding the incident.
For the official record, my son was a well-mannered and successful student. I am very disgruntled that a medical doctor would make an unsubstantiated declaration stating, "A well-rested child would not have fallen asleep on the bus." My son was five years old, had just eaten, was bundled in all his snow clothes, as it was seven degrees outside, and put on an over-heated school bus. Sounds like the perfect scenario for a healthy little person to take a nap. Wake up and do more real research please.
I happen to agree that sleep is fundamental to learning, thinking and living one's best life. I am a teacher of thirty-two years. My adolescent students know my chant well: 'Get more sleep! It affects everything..."

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This guy must be a total bullshitter! I'm Dewey, the kid who fell asleep on the bus. I've never heard from this guy once in my life. I also did really well in school! P.H.D. my ass!

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About the author (2001)

Will Wilkoff, M.D.,has "cured" hundreds of children by prescribing better sleep habits. A pediatrician for twenty-five years and the author of Coping with a Picky Eater (Fireside, 1998), Dr. Wilkoff lives and practices in Brunswick, Maine.

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