Getting Kids Back to Sleep After Nighttime Wakenings

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother awoke suddenly and sensed a presence in the room. Startled and half asleep, the mother tried to reorient herself. Then, she heard this small, little voice. “Mommy, I can’t sleep. The basement is flooding and the crocodiles are going to get me,” said her four year old son. The mother was a little confused and then realized her son had been having a…

Lessons to Learn from the Hare

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The hare ran furiously towards the finish line as the tortoise had only a few feet left to go. Despite his best efforts and closing rapidly on the tortoise, the hare lost the race. The Aesop fable of the Tortoise and the Hare has been a classic tale told to generations of children. The lessons are that slow and steady wins the race and that overconfidence…

The Right Way to Put Infant to Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The exhausted mother picked up her crying three month old infant and started to rock him to get him back to sleep. Once the little boy got back to sleep, the mother laid him down on his side and left him with his favorite blanket. In the morning, the mother found her infant had managed to move himself from his side to his stomach with…

Changes in Adolescent Sleep Patterns

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun was shining bright and it lit up the house. The house was alive with activity with the exception of one lone family member who was coming down the stairs. It was 10am and the teenager was just woke up. The teenager’s parents were wondering what had happened over the past year to their daughter. She used to be up at the crack of…

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