Fascinating Facts about Baby’s Sleep
Did you know?
- Babies Have Shorter Sleep Cycles: Babies moves from light sleep (known as REM) to deep sleep (known as NREM) every 50-60 minutes. Babies tend to wake up during the REM stage; some manage to get back to sleep alone while others require comforting.
- Shut Eyes Don’t Mean Baby is Fast-Asleep: Fluttering eyes, a flexed body and erratic breathing mean that baby is still in REM stage. Make sure your baby is deep in sleep to increase the chances he won’t wake up when you put him down.
- There’s a Reason for Babies Light Sleep: Babies’ light sleep actually has significance. For example, in the first few months, it allows hunger to wake baby up and demand the sustenance she needs.
- Sleep is Strongly Related to Development: Sleep has a direct link to infants’ development and growth.
- Sleep Begets Sleep: There’ no use trying to deprive your baby of sleep during daytime to make him sleep better at night – a baby who is well-rested will go to sleep more easily and sleep better at night than a baby who isn’t.
- Darkness has Significance: Enjoying plenty of daylight and avoiding strong lights at night will help your baby distinguish between day and night. Later, it will also help regulate the production of melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone naturally released by our bodies.