Alanna McGinn is the mother of three wonderful children (1 + twins!) the wife of an amazing husband, and resides in Ontario Canada. She is Founder and Senior Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, Parent Prep Educator, Director and Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC), and serves on the faculty of the Family Sleep Institute.
When her eldest daughter was born, she was in the same boat as all first time parents, dealing with the unbelievable joys of being a parent, marveling at her beautiful baby and soaking in every magical moment. There were so many things she was learning as she went and sleep struggles was one of them. When her sleep journey began, she realized there were many parents dealing with the same sleep issues with their babies and toddlers. There is so much focus (as there should be) on the pregnancy and birthing experience, as well as breastfeeding, but one subject that is often overlooked are the sleep issues that parents and children experience. And so many parents go through it – including herself!
After her extensive research and teachings for her own daughter she began to use her knowledge and passion to help other sleepless moms and dads. There wasn’t a day that went by where she wasn’t talking to a parent about sleep and their child. Alanna wanted to use her awareness, ability and understanding, to help others who were struggling with the same sleep issues she had. It was so rewarding that she became a certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant from one of the leading global Sleep Institutes, and Good Night Sleep Site was born as were her twins!
For over 7 years, she has helped countless parents overcome their sleep challenges. Her public speaking and seminars are sought after at parenting functions and major children organizations throughout her community and she is published and resident Sleep Expert in multiple parenting publications such as Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, and Yummy Mummy Club. Alanna can be seen as media sleep expert on CTV News, NewsTalk 1010, CP24, and 680 News, though nothing makes her happier than seeing her advice and support help a child, and family, sleep soundly throughout the night. Through her studies, infant and toddler sleep experience, and natural sleep instincts, Alanna strives in helping all families overcome their sleep challenges and have happy smiles in the morning.
Alanna knows how completely frustrating sleep struggles can be – she’s been there! With years of experience and expert training, she can help parents who are looking for healthy sleep for their entire family.
” You Are The Sleep Expert.
Part of the reason why I started goodnightsleepsite.com and became a Sleep Consultant was because of my day-to-day interactions with moms, talking about sleep and their sleep issues. I realized there are many parents that have the same sleep struggles and were almost too embarrassed to talk about it. They didn’t know how to find the answers.
My job as your Sleep Consultant is not only to help your child or yourself get the healthy sleep your family needs, but to educate you on the fundamentals of that healthy sleep. YOU can do it! YOU can acquire the knowledge you need for a happier well-rested family unit. YOU can become the sleep expert.
I guide you and coach you so that you have this information and this knowledge forever, and can apply it wherever and whenever you need to. I leave you with the confidence that you can do it yourself.
A client said to me this week “Alanna I get it now. I understand the logic. My biggest struggle was just not knowing what she needed and why things were happening and now I know, and I know what to do to give her what she needs.”
Best. Thing. Ever. She is now the Sleep Expert and I couldn’t be happier.
We are committed to helping families like yours with your child and adult sleep needs. It’s time to get the healthy sleep your family deserves.”
Education and Training
- Founder and Trainer of Good Night Sleep Site
- Certified Sleep Consultant – Family Sleep Institute
- Regional Representative of Canada and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants
- Faculty Instructor at Family Sleep Institute
- Certified Parent Prep Educator
- Certification in Infant Mental Health, IMH Hospital for Sick Kids Toronto
- Understanding the Brain Development in the Early Years, Dr. Judy Cameron, Ph.D
- The Importance of Attachment to Development, Mary Rella, B.A., Dip. C.S.
- Temperament, Greg Lubimiv, M.S.W, CACPT Supervisor
- The Development of Regulation in the Early Years, Dr. Jean Wittenberg, MD, FRCPC
- The Impact of Early Trauma on Development, Dr. Jean Wittenberg, MD, FRCPC
- Parental Depression, Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, Ph.D
- Domestic Violence – A Trauma Experience for Young Children, Dr. Angelique Jenny, M.S.W., PhD
- FASD and the Impact of Substance Misuse on the Caregiving Relationship, Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc.
- The Impact of Poor Parental Mental Health on a Child, Dr. Jean Wittenberg, MD, FRCPC
- Common Disorders of Early Childhood, Dr. Normand Carrey, MD, FRCPC, ABPN
- Canadian Sleep Society CEC’s Toronto SickKids Paediatric Sleep Symposium
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management, Eliot Katz, MD
- Children at High Risk for Sleep Disordered Breathing, Indra Narang, MD
- Management of Sleep Disordered Breathing, Sherri Katz, MD
- Advanced Surgical Techniques in the Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Evan Props, MD
- Dentistry and Sleep Disordered Breathing, Iris Kivity-Chandler, MD
- Sleep Disorders in Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders, Golda Milo-Manson, MD
- Sleep Disorders in Children: Clinical Cases, Glenda Bendiak, MD and Allison Zweerink MN, NP
- Childhood Narcolepsy, Brian Murray, MD
- Evaluation of the Sleepy Child, Reshma Amin, MD
- An Approach to the Evaluation and Management of Paediatric Parasomnias, Shelly Weiss, MD
- Common Behavioural Childhood Sleep Disorders, Glenda Bendiak, MD
- Sleep in Infants and Children, Reshma Amin, MD and Robyn Stremler RN, PhD
- The Evaluation of Sleep Problems in Adolescence, Rose Geist, MD and Shelly Weiss, MD
- Level 1 WHO Breastfeeding Course for Health Professionals
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for Professionals – Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
- ABCs of Safe Sleep – Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
- Sleep Consulting with Families Who Have Children with Special Needs – Debbie Sasson, PsyD
- Potty Training and It’s Effect on Sleep
- Adult Sleep Challenges – Patty Tucker, PA-C
- Postpartum Depression and other Postpartum Mood Disorders – Sarah Stern, Ph.D.
- The Family Meeting: How to Have a Positive Influence in Changing Lives – Sharyn Timmerman, ECE
- Chiropractic & Infant and Toddler Sleep Disturbances – Glory Eidt, DC
- Bedtime Battles: Insights from Pediatric Sleep Research – Thomas Heffron, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- A Case Based Approach to Behavioral Pediatric Sleep Disorders – Reshma Amin, MD, Msc, FRCPC, Toronto Hospital For Sick Children
- Sleep Safety and Child Care – Cheryl Carey
- The Incidence, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of GERD During Infancy – Warren Shapiro, MD