The “Free Pass”: Getting your child to sleep in their own room

    At 3am a triangle of light slices the darkness in two, and a child's tired, raspy voice whispers "Mom? Moooooom?" It's now that you realize, this will not be the night of restful sleep you've been fan…

    Two Practical Tips to Help You (and Your Baby) Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep

    It's shocking how little sleep most people get. It's the trend in today's busy, electronic, always-on culture. It's almost a badge of honor. But it's not healthy for anyone. For many parents, especial…

    Dr. Greene discusses how to solve your toddler's sleep problems
    Why toddlers have sleep issues, and how to solve them

    Dr. Greene's take on toddlers and sleep... As your baby becomes a toddler, chances are they will give you some sleepless nights. In this week's post I've got your solution. But first a little fun fact…

    Sleeplessness

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: The average amount of sleep at 3 months is 15 hours out of 24 give or take an hour or two. This may come in almost any combination of naps or nighttime. But when kids sleep less t…

    Sleep Apnea: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to sleep apnea: Parents are quick to mention some things to their pediatrician: fevers, seizures, and bleeding. Snoring is another important symptom that your child's doctor needs to know…

    Nightmares: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to nightmares: Mommy, I had a bad dream? What are they? Nightmares are unpleasant dreams that awaken a dreamer from sleep. We've learned much about nightmares from traumatic events, which…

    Night Terrors: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to night terrors: Your little angel wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, calling for his mommy ? but his mommy is right there, unrecognized. You try to comfort him, but he shrie…

    Baby sleeping on his father's arm and hand, in a position to help colic.
    Colic: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to colic: It usually strikes toward the end of a long day, when your baby is just about at the age when your sleep deprivation has really begun to set in. Your baby stops being the quiet,…

    3 years boy lying on bed, but can't sleep.
    When Children Can’t Sleep

    Dr. Greene's Answer: How exhausting! Missed sleep is tough for all of us, but yours has been long and consistent and without a failsafe solution if you just get too tired. Most young kids will return …

    Naps

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Speaking generally, the total amount of sleep a child gets is more important than how they schedule that sleep. The typical 2-year-old averages about 12-13 hours of sleep over 24 …

    Young boy sleeping at the kitchen table. The Truth about Children's Dreams, Nightmares and Night Terrors
    The Truth about Children’s Dreams, Nightmares, and Night Terrors

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The truth about children's dreams, nightmares, and night terrors will surprise you. Children's Dreams Dreams have been described since the beginning of human history, but it was o…

    Happy child just before sleep. Will she wake up with sleep terrors?
    Sleep Terrors

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Within fifteen minutes of your daughter's falling asleep, she will probably enter her deepest sleep of the night. This period of slow wave sleep, or deep non-REM sleep, will typic…

    Snoring & Sleep Apnea

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Any child who snores may not be getting adequate sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common medical condition that is now being identified in more and more children. The peak age …

    Stress Related Insomnia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Many of you probably remember seeing footage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. I am told that national news coverage showed three striking images over and over and over -- the h…

    Adolescents and Sleep

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Parents are often concerned about the sleep habits of their adolescent children. In my office, I commonly hear either "He sleeps past noon!" or "She's up all night!" (or both). Na…

    Treating Sleep Terrors
    Treating Sleep Terrors

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When most people (including the popular press and popular parenting literature) speak of sleep terrors, they are generally referring to what are called confusional arousals by mos…

    What are Night Terrors?
    What are Night Terrors?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Within fifteen minutes of your daughter's falling asleep, she will probably enter her deepest sleep of the night. This period of slow wave sleep, or deep non-REM sleep, will typic…

    Learning To Fall Back To Sleep
    Learning To Fall Back To Sleep

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It is so rewarding to rock our little ones to sleep. The feeling of closeness we get from holding them in our arms as they drift off is, for many parents, the pot of gold at the e…

    Sleep Patterns

    Dr. Greene's Answer: For most of us, adult and child alike, there are a few reasons for occasional sleeplessness. In adults, it is most often linked to physical illness, stress, excitement, or emotion…

    When Baby Won't Go To Sleep On Her Own
    Dr. Greene’s Method for Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Your darling daughter has worked her magic on your heart. Her smiles delight you, but oh, the despair that comes with her incessant crying. Hearing her cry, much less scream, will…