Sleepless in America

Sleepless in America

Is your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep?

Book - 2006
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Offers a practical study of the link between sleep deprivation and behavioral problems, demonstrating how sleep deficits contribute to hyperactivity, illness, distraction, forgetfulness, learning problems, and impulsive or disruptive behavior in children of all ages and introduces a five-step program designed to help children get the sleep they need. 30,000 first printing.


Does your child refuse to cooperate in the morning? Get into trouble for not listening? "Lose it" over seemingly insignificant issues? Seem to resist sleep? Are you tired? Really tired?

An estimated 70 million American infants, children, and teens are sleep deprived. Could your child be one of them? Studies have shown that sleep deficits can contribute to hyperactivity, distraction, forgetfulness, learning problems, illness, accidents, and disruptive behaviors. Yet despite overwhelming scientific evidence, the connection between children's sleep habits and their behavioral and health problems has remained, until now, largely unrecognized.

In this warm and practical guide, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka shows you how to:

  • recognize whether your child is misbehaving or missing sleep
  • identify the normal, everyday activities that may be innocently disrupting your child's sleep
  • end the bedtime and nighttime struggles, and as a result, stop the "misbehaviors" during the day
  • get the sleep your whole family deserves

Sleepless in America offers weary and frustrated parents a helping hand and an exciting new approach to managing challenging behaviors. With her characteristic enthusiasm, pragmatism, and extensive experience as a teacher and parent educator, Kurcinka explains that often what our misbehaving kids really need is not more "consequences" or more medication, but more sleep. Integrating research on stress, sleep, and temperament with practical strategies and a five-step approach, Sleepless in America enables parents to help their "tired and wired" children get the sleep they so desperately need.

When we choose sleep, we choose a happier, healthier, and more successful life for our families. With Sleepless in America, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka helps us make that choice.

& Taylor

Offers a study of the link between sleep deprivation and behavioral problems, demonstrating how sleep deficits contribute to hyperactivity, illness, forgetfulness, learning problems, and disruptive behavior in children of all ages.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060736019
Branch Call Number: 618.92849 K965s
Characteristics: xviii, 331 p. ; 24cm


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Apr 27, 2015

A great resource not just for frazzled parents but anyone who is struggling to get a good night of shuteye. As a first-time parent I freaked out when my son wouldn't sleep and read many a conflicting book on how to get your kid to sleep. At the end of the day this is the book I recommend to others in similar situations. I appreciate the gentle approach taken by this book, and would not suggest any other sleep books for weary parents.

SCL_Preschool Aug 17, 2012

Presents useful strategies, information and research on addressing sleep problems in the home. Explains why sleep is so vital to children. From book cover, "Help your family get the sleep it deserves."


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