About Alanna McGinn

Alanna McGinn is a mother of three (1 + twins!), Founder and CEO of Good Night Sleep Site, and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC). She also serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. When she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she’s working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. Follow Alanna on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube for daily sleep tips and advice.

How to Nap Properly – Make Sure You’re Doing it Right

Ready to take a nap? Make sure you know how to nap properly. There is no debating that naps are glorious. They can revitalize you, boost energy and productivity and set you on the right foot for the day. But did you know that there’s a right and wrong way to nap properly? Follow these ...

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Adult Sleep, Family Sleep|Tags: |0 Comments

How To Meditate To Sleep Better

If you’re like the average North American, your life is stressful and busy and it’s taking a toll on your sleep. The more things on our mind at bedtime, the less likely we are to have a good night’s sleep. The less rested we are, the more stress negatively affects us – it’s a vicious ...

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Adult Sleep|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Short Nap Struggles

One, two, three, four…I declare a nap war.  Because that’s how it feels some days, right?  You KNOW your little one is tired.  And yet they just won’t nap.  

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Baby Sleep, Naps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Introduce A Toddler Clock

Using a toddler clock has become a more popular “tool” in a parent’s sleep tool kit and I have to admit that I am a huge fan.  When solidifying sleep rules with a toddler or preschooler, the clearer our expectations and the simpler we are able to communicate them, the less our toddlers tend to resist ...

Creating A Bedtime Playlist

There is something incredibly nostalgic about music, which it makes it a great tool to use at the end of the day to wind down for sleep. Creating a bedtime playlist adds to the options available to you for your bedtime routine. We are encouraging you to #BringBackBedtime for yourself and for your family. Turn off the devices ...

By | April 27th, 2017|Categories: Adult Sleep|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Thinking of Making a Nap Transition?

To transition or not transition, that is very frequently the question.  Whether it be dropping the catnap, transitioning from two naps per day to one, or moving away from naps altogether, my advice is always to be thoughtful in your approach and patient with the process, whichever nap transition it may be. As a parent, ...

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Naps, Schedule, Toddler Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Your Baby Cries When They Wake Up

I was recently asked by Catherine from Cat & Nat a great question and one that I'm asked frequently. “If my baby wakes up crying does it mean that they are still tired?” Why Your Baby Cries When They Wake Up If your baby wakes up screaming and crying there are likely 3 things going on: ...

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Baby Sleep, Naps|Tags: , |0 Comments

Grumpy After A Nap

Many little ones will be grumpy after a nap if they have not gotten enough sleep. If your child is often waking at the dreaded 45-minute mark and doing so quite unhappily, check out Good Night Sleep Site's strategies for how to lengthen naps. But what about babies and toddlers who are getting plenty of sleep ...

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Naps, Toddler Sleep|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Should You Sleep With Your Pets?

We have an Auntie Sandy in our lives and she is a complete rock star to my kids. Telling my kids that they are having an overnight at Auntie Sandy’s is like telling my husband his kids are having an overnight anywhere! It’s pretty freaking amazing. So when my eldest told me she doesn’t want ...

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Family Sleep|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why Couples Sleep in Separate Rooms – CTV Your Morning

The Sleep Mistakes Couples Make Forcing Them to Sleep in Separate Rooms   I sat down with Ben Mulroney to discuss bedtime blunders that couples make and why they are sleeping alone. More and more young couples are sleeping in separate bedrooms and I offer tips on how to avoid that and what happens when ...

By | April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Resources, TV|Tags: |0 Comments