01 Dec Five fun facts about your kids and sleep
Posted at 06:22h in Blog
- Ok, so this may not be much “fun”, but parents of new babies miss out on 6 month’s worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
- Newborns sleep a total of 14 to 17 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake… yet their parents are sleep deprived (see above)
- When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become “self- soothers,” which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night… This may help new parents to get some quality sleep!
- Infants and young children spend most of their sleep either in deep sleep or dreaming. Deep sleep is associated to the release of growth hormones, and dreaming is associated with memory consolidation. So its not surprising that young kids spend most of their sleep being associated with learning and growing
Later school start times improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents. The majority of teenagers probably nap in the afternoon because they are not sleeping