Get Your Kids To Sleep and Get Back Your Bed With Dr. Nilong Vyas

Is your child getting enough sleep? Dr. Nilong Vyas, the Owner of Sleepless in NOLA, discusses why children must have an adequate amount of sleep and why it makes a big difference in this episode of the Building Us podcast, hosted by Erik Garcia, CFP®, and Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Vyas mentions the term pregnancy brain. (5:27)
  • Do pregnancy brain and lack of sleep brain have similar concepts? (5:49)
  • Dr. Vyas shares the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. (6:40)
  • Why do people sleep, and how does our body reach to sleep? (13:45)
  • Dr. Vyas shares why it’s significant that children must have an adequate amount of sleep. (16:35)
  • Dr. Vyas mentions the benefits of having kids who sleep well. (23:30)
  • How does Dr. Vyas’ consultation work? (23:59)
  • At what point in their childhood does a kid have to sleep independently? (25:37)
  • Dr. Vyas shares why falling back to sleep is one of the first skills that kids must learn. (28:07)
  • Dr. Vyas mentions why parents must be on the same page when it comes to their children’s sleep. (34:43)

Key Quotes:

  • “It’s during sleep that everything that they saw, felt, heard, touched throughout the day gets those connections to get made. So, it’s super important to ensure that kids are getting an adequate amount of sleep so that those connections can get made.” – Dr. Nilong Vyas
  • “I always tell parents, it’s not like kids won’t ever learn to write, walk or talk, of course, they will. But they may not do it at their full potential if they’re not getting the sleep that’s required for their developmental age.” – Dr. Nilong Vyas
  • “I think if people work together and realize the benefit of teens getting more sleep, and making those changes in the routine, and schedule it, it will impact them in a more positive way. But it’s got to be a whole community.” – Dr. Nilong Vyas

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