Introduction about baby sleep
It is important for any mother or parent to understand facts behind sleeping habits of the baby. This will give you the understanding of the how-tos of getting your baby asleep and ensuring that they enjoy the sleep. It saves you the hassle of spending too much of your time awaiting the baby to sleep.
The baby sleeps soon after having an activity to relax it’s mind
Most adults induce sleep by reading a novel,watching TV, listening to the radio or even having sex as a fun activity. Similarly, the baby’s metabolism works in the same way. As a way of getting your baby asleep things such as playing with the baby, singing them lullabies or giving the baby a toy to play with are effective means of inducing sleep in a baby. As they begin to drift into sleep, the baby’s higher center starts to rest. Eventually, this enables the baby to get into a stage of deep sleep known as new non-rapid eye movement-NREM. At this stage, the baby’s body is still with a shallow and regular breathing.
Babies have short sleep cycles unlike adults
You will find that after standing adoringly besides your baby watching him sleep, he goes to slumber land for about an hour. Eventually, he starts to squirm, tosses slightly, their eyelids begin fluttering, they breath irregularly while their muscles tighten. This ushers in the next cycle of light sleep. During this intermediate stage of getting into deep sleep, it is common for many babies to wake up and begin crying for reasons such as hunger, wetness or any other disturbing stimuli. Therefore, this intermediate stage is said to be the most vulnerable. In case the baby does not wake up due to upsetting stimuli, he soon drifts into his light sleeping stage for about 10 minutes. This is followed by a deep cycle of about 50-60 minutes. On the other hand, the adult’s sleeping cycle are longer and are for about 90 minutes.
Babies don’t get into deep sleep as adults do
Despite the fact that babies take quite long to fall asleep, their sleep is also highly vulnerable. They tend to have like twice lighter sleep as compared to adults. Certainly, this is quite unfair to parents as it gives them a day long baby sitting period that is quite tiresome. However, reliable scientific research shows that the developmental principle is based on this. This will enable you to understand your baby’s nighttime needs more clearly so as to adopt a parenting style to induce naturally sleep.
Night waking for a baby has survival advantages
In the early stages of the baby, their needs seem to be at the peak. However, the baby’s ability to show their needs is super low. In case the baby would sleep continuously all night, their needs are highly likely to to go unmet; this would be a disadvantage to the baby. It may even affect the baby’s development and growth. For instance, if a baby’s nose is not cleaned over the sleeping cycles, it may affect their breathing and hence jeorpadize it’s ability to communicate. Similarly, a baby has a small stomach to accommodate only a little milk that is also digested fast. If the baby lacks sessions of waking up during their sleeping cycles, this would pose a threat to their well-being. This is why it is advantageous to have them. Reliable paediatric research has also supported this principle.
As babies grow, they develop sleep maturity
Although some parents now clearly understand the development design, it is still puzzling how a baby will sleep over the night. Different babies begin settling for sleep at different ages. This means easily drifting into sleep and remaining sound asleep for a longer time. For some babies, they easily fall into sleep but only sleep over a short time. For others, they take time to fall asleep but wake up after a considerable while. However, there are other exhausting infants that take hours without end to sleep and hardly sleep for long.
In most cases, babies of about 3 months hardly sleep over 4-hour stretches without having to be fed. This can be attributed to their super tiny stomachs that can only accommodate little food.
The baby’s sleep is a reflection of it’s temperament rather than the parenting style of the mother
Most of the parents have wrongly thought that the baby’s sleeping cycles is the mother’s fault, which is not the case. Rather, it is important for you to note that there’s is super little role of the parent in the baby’s sleeping. Therefore, when you find your baby disturbing and awaking after several minutes of sleeping, do not begin blaming yourself. It is by no means your fault that your baby wakes up. The baby’s temperament is always the key determinant of how long the baby falls asleep.