Better sleep for the entire family, babies through older adult
Sleep problems impact 25-40% of children and adolescents. Inadequate sleep has routinely been linked to issues with obesity, emotional distress, depression, behavior/conduct/aggressive problems, and trouble with focus in school. In addition, poor sleep has been linked to a higher incidence of risky behaviors such as self harm and substance use. As most parents are well aware, poor child sleep can negatively impact the parent’s sleep, leading to stress at home for the entire family, especially as bedtime approaches. Despite what we often hope and think, children do not typically outgrow sleep problems independently. The earlier you begin to work on your child’s sleep, the faster you will all be on the road to a good night’s sleep.
Dr. Harris is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine for all ages - babies through older adults - and was the lead sleep psychologist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore outpatient sleep clinic for over a decade. She has been in consultation groups with two of the leading experts in the field of pediatric Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Dr. Jodi Mindell and Dr. Lisa Meltzer.
Dr. Harris also works with a number of MD sleep specialists and will assist in referrals if a medical sleep evaluation is necessary with a possible sleep study. Sleep apnea, reflux and dangerous/frequent sleepwalking behaviors are examples when a referral to an MD sleep specialist may be warranted.
In addition, Dr. Harris is a mom to two young children and she understands the struggle that parents face in trying to get her kids to sleep and get a solid night’s sleep themselves. She practices what she preaches.