Often blamed for contributing to nighttime insomnia, the Internet can also help parents struggling with sleep problems. Staring at a screen late at night may not help you get to sleep, but a new program promises to get your little ones sleeping soundly.
The program, currently available through Johnson&Johnson’s website, was created by a team of researchers at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. You give it data on your family’s bedtime routines and sleep problems, and it gives back customized advice to help everyone under your roof get a good night’s sleep. Most of the families involved in a clinical trial of the program reported improvements, and many planned to continue using it.
What magic tricks does the Custom Sleep Profile have to offer?
It’s nothing unusual, says TIME’s Healthland blog:
As for the recommendations generated by the program, there really is no magic to them, says Mindell; they are based on well-known advice supported by research. The difference is that they’re tailored to address specific sleep behaviors, while previous advice to sleep-deprived parents tended to be more general.
Having been a sleep-deprived parent, I know how much that personalized touch of advice can be worth. It can feel impossible to wade through even the simplest of advice books or articles trying to figure out what will work for your kid. Add to that the endless debate over co-sleeping vs. cribs, crying-it-out vs. nighttime parenting and you get a huge tangle of ideas and emotions. Having real advice tailored to you seems like a dream come true. So what if that advice comes from a machine?
Sleep advice is so simple, it often seems unnecessary after the fact. Keep a steady routine, choose low energy activities for the hour or so before bed, limit night feedings – that all seems so obvious when you’re not going through it. When you are, though, especially for the first time, having a little guidance can go a long way.
Will you try out the Custom Sleep Profile? Or do you have a handle on baby sleep? What worked for you to get your little one off to dreamland?