A new self-help book, “Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach,” strives to give parents a simple plan to coach their children to be better sleepers, as well as methods to deal with bedwetting, sleepwalking, night terrors, and other sleep issues.
The author is sleep psychologist Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine and the director of the behavioral sleep program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. As a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, she is one of only about 200 board-certified sleep psychologists in the country. She is also a mom of three.
“Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach” reviews a five-step plan to show parents how to prepare a child’s bedroom for successful sleep, teach the child to self-comfort as parents work their way out of the room, limit “callbacks and curtain calls,” and manage night and early morning wakings.
Schneeberg addresses two of the biggest mistakes that parents make with their school age-children: staying with them until they fall asleep and allowing too many “callbacks and curtain calls” after lights out. She then reviews solutions for how parents can help their children become better sleepers.