It is estimated that between 25-30% of parents visit to the pediatrician to discuss about the problem related to sleep. But, parents can do much to help their children have a restful and deep sleep.
The baby’s dream is divided into four stages that progressively deepen. Each lasts about 90 minutes and always obeys the same order: REM sleep (lighter and shorter) and NO REM sleep (deeper and longer).
All babies go through cycles of superficial and deep sleep during the same night. As the baby grows, it is normal for REM dreams to decrease and NO REM to increase.
How Much Should Children Sleep, According To Their Age?
A newborn baby sleeps a total of 16 hours a day, divided into 6 or 8 sleep episodes of about 4 hours each. So it is normal and necessary that the newborn does not sleep through the night.
From the first month of life until 3 or 6 months, the duration of night wakings is decreasing and
Between 2 and 4 years old, they sleep at night for about 10 hours, plus the two usual naps. After three years of age, the “need” to sleep during the day decreases until it practically disappears before the age of six.
From 5 to 10 years of age, sleep reaches a sufficient degree of maturity to allow comparison with the adult. Except for the number of hours of sleep that is usually 2.5 times higher than the adult.
After 7 years old, it is not usual for the child to need to take a nap. If it happens, it is most likely that at night he sleeps less than he needs or has a problem during the night rest.
Rules Of Deep Sleep To Get Children To Rest
- Go to bed every night at the same time preferably before 9 pm.
- Maintain a nap schedule or daytime naps appropriate to each age.
- Establish a consistent routine before bedtime (bath, dinner, etc.).
- Make the room a propitious place for sleep (cool, dark and quiet).
- Encourage your child to sleep autonomously.
- Avoid exposure to bright light at bedtime and at night and increase exposure to light during the morning.
- Avoid heavy meals and strenuous activity near bedtime.
- Keep electronic devices (including TVs, computers, mobile phones) out of the room and limit their use near bedtime.
- Maintain regular schedules during the day, including mealtimes.
- Place clean and fresh bedsheets to help the child sleep with a proper mattress.
Hopefully, with all these tips offered, your baby has a deep sleep. You must be patient because,