“Normal, Human Infant Sleep”

This is a great mini-series on infant sleep! (There are also some very good articles recommended at the end of the article, “Posts in Sleep Series”.)

“Infant sleep problems represent some of the most common concerns reported by parents of young children. Ask any new parent and most will complain about lack of sleep. Many will also be worried that what they are experiencing isn’t “normal” and believe that their child has a problem that needs fixing. So they search books, ask friends and family or even their doctors about what to do about a child’s problematic sleep patterns. And to top it off, they feel immense anxiety and worry about them.”

“Part of the epidemic of parental angst about children’s sleep is that we live in a culture in which parents are repeatedly told that they need to worry about their child’s sleep, that there will be dire consequences if their child doesn’t get enough sleep. Another problem is that most new parents, having had little experience with children prior to having their own, have little awareness about what truly is “normal” when it comes to infant sleep.”

“Simply being made aware of normal sleep patterns can help alleviate the stress and anxiety parents feel, leading to happier times for the entire family.”

“So what is normal?…”

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“Busting the 8-Hour Sleep Myth: Why You Should Wake Up in the Night”

It seems I almost always take a long time to fall asleep, and wake up during the night! I thought it was insomnia, but this article suggests that may not be the case. This is a super interesting article!

“Mounting evidence suggests, however, that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm that your body gravitates toward. According to historians and psychiatrists alike, it is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if you have “insomnia,” you may actually be doing things right…”

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