Po Bronson has a great new article in New York Magazine called, "Snooze or Lose" emphasizing the importance of sleep to child development and how children in our culture are getting less sleep than ever. You can read the article online here. I would give you more of a synopsis here, but I think this article is a must read, so go check it out.
It seems so simple, but rest (including sleep) is one of the most critical things children need. These days our culture devalues rest and more and more our kids are (as the article states) overscheduled and overstimulated.
Recently, Jennifer read the book, Sleepless in America by Mary Sheedy Kuricinka. Although I haven't had a chance to read it yet, she has shared a lot of the insights and ideas from the book that she found useful. (I will try to convince her to do a post here about the book!) If you are having sleep problems in your house, or just want some help with creating some new habits and rituals around rest, you may want to check out this book.