While the phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’ describes a deep, long and uninterrupted sleep, it doesn’t fit perfectly to the sleep of a real baby. Perhaps because you’re required to put a lot of effort into getting a baby to sleep and helping him stay asleep. However, if you are well familiar with a few things related to infants’ sleep, you can help your little one sleep better. Check out these 8 surprising facts about babies and their sleep:
Babies Do Sleep A Lot:
You may disagree, but it is a well-known fact that babies spend most of their time sleeping. According to studies, an average baby needs 16-19 hours of sleep a day for the healthy growth of his body and mind. However, as he grows, the duration of the sleeping time decreases. To make sure your little one will sleep better at night; try to keep him awake during the day.
They Have Shorter Sleep Cycles Than Adults:
As compared to adults, babies have shorter sleep cycles. Where the sleep cycle of an adult lasts an average of 90 minutes, on the other hand, the sleep cycle of a baby lasts around 45-60 minutes. In fact, short sleep cycles are also one of the main reasons why babies tend to wake up every hour or less.
They Take Longer To Reach a Deep Sleep:
If your little one often gets up and starts crying as soon as you place him in the cot, don’t worry because it’s natural. The fact you actually need to know is that it takes around 20 minutes for a baby to enter a deep sleep. So next time when you put your baby down to sleep, make sure he is in a deeper state of sleep.
Night Wakings Are Important:
Most of the parents want their little one sleep throughout the night, but the fact is that night waking has its own benefits. Babies have a very tiny tummy that needs to be fed periodically. Night waking is such a survival skill that makes your little one able to wake up easily whenever he is hungry or in pain.
Darkness Influences a Baby's Sleep:
Keeping an infant’s days bright and nights dark helps him know the difference between day and night and provides him cues when to sleep. Lights evoke your child to wake up and be active, while darkness triggers the release of melatonin - a hormone that controls a baby’s sleep and wake cycles. So let your baby enjoy plenty of light during daytime and avoid strong lights at night.
Babies Sleep Longer When Swaddled:
All newborns are swaddled in the hospital. Have you ever tried to figure out why? Simply because babies sleep longer when they're swaddled in a baby blanket or sleeping bag! Restricting the movement of arm and leg, a tight swaddle helps infants enjoy a long and uninterrupted sleep.
Babies Learn in Their Sleep:
When a baby is in light sleep, which is also known as the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, blood flows to his brain dramatically which further increases the production of various nerve proteins. According to sleep researchers, only the most important information is stored in baby’s mind during the REM stage. For the reason, babies learn things quickly while sleeping.
Every Baby Is Different:
And finally, all babies are different and so are their sleeping patterns. Some babies sleep for longer stretches, while others take more time to adopt the bedtime routine and wake easily during the night. So try not to compare your little one with other newborns as each enjoys his own sweet sleeping time.
Author Bio :-
Nishant Gupta is the founder of WobblyWalk.com. He is 28-year old married young blogger who feels the difficulty of his wife as a mother and tries to ease other mothers’ lives with the help of his website and content.