Consequences of Interrupted Sleep for Newborns
New parents have a lot of questions and worries about how to care for their child. Many of these questions revolve around sleep and how much sleep a child needs, when a child needs to sleep, and how to get a child to sleep (and wake) at a time that is convenient for a parent.
While new parents may be tempted to try to get a newborn to adhere to their schedule immediately, trying to implement a strict sleep and wake schedule too early can be detrimental. In fact, one thing that you should avoid doing is disturbing your new baby’s REM sleep cycle. Here’s why–
What Is REM Sleep?
REM stands for rapid eye movement, and it is the stage of sleep where the brain is most active. As such, it is also the stage during which we have the most vivid dreams.
For years, researchers have been trying to figure out just what REM sleep is all about. Recently, researchers have discovered that mammals don’t just dream during REM sleep, but actually need REM sleep to function properly. Theories for why include consolidating memories, regulating metabolism, warming the brain, and more.
How Should I Implement a Sleep Schedule, Then?
During the first few months of a baby’s life, sleep can be unpredictable. When your baby is a little older, you can start putting a sleep routine in place. This might involve doing a bath at the same time every night, reading a book, turning off the lights at the same time, and having a very set routine that promotes sleepiness.
Our Doctor Can Help
Knowing what’s right for your baby can be difficult. For answers to your tough questions about sleep and help in implementing an effective sleep schedule (and knowing when to do so), Dr. Natalie Barnett is here to help. Dr. Barnett has helped countless parents find relief when it comes to newborn sleep issues and is highly qualified.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Natalie Barnett, please call Seven Oaks Sleep Science today or send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours. We are passionate about helping parents and babies find sleep solutions!