6 tips to help baby sleep better and longer

Today we have a guest post from Emmerey Rose. 

Proper sleep is one of the most important things for baby’s development. At the same time, it is something that people don’t know enough about.

As you might have noticed, newborns tend to sleep a lot. On average, a newborn will sleep around 16 hours per day. Unfortunately, they only sleep for about 2 to 4 hours, after which they wake up and, usually, instantly start crying. This behavior worries new parents as some of them think that it’s unnatural. However, you shouldn’t worry – this is very normal for babies.

When it comes to newborns’ sleep cycles, they differ a lot from those of adults. This is connected with brain’s development. For most parents, this initial period of baby’s life is very tiring as they cannot get enough sleep themselves. When a baby reaches its 6th or 8th week of life, this will change so you just have to soldier through this initial period.

Here are some tips that will help you do it:

  1. Put your baby down frequently

As mentioned, newborn babies will sleep during most of the day. However, they are still able to stay awake for longer periods of time. It is your duty as a parent to put the baby down frequently. If a baby stays awake for more than 2 hours at a time, she will have trouble sleeping afterward. So, make sure to create a good routine.

  1. The baby has to learn the difference between day and night

Certain babies find it hard to sleep during the night, and this is not uncommon. You have to help your baby create natural habits. The best way to do this is by teaching the baby the difference between day and night. During the day, make sure your apartment or house gets enough light. Play with your baby if she starts falling asleep during feeding time. On the flipside, you have to minimize interaction during the night and make sure your newborn is not stimulated in any way.

  1. Make sure to avoid toys during the initial period

Toys above the crib can definitely help a baby fall to sleep. But make sure not to give her any stuffed toys or comforters until she’s at least 6 months old. Modern toys like reborn baby dolls shouldn’t be given before your child turns 2 years old.

  1. Learn to recognize situations when your baby is fatigued

As your baby cannot talk, it’s necessary to read her body language. When it comes to sleeping, this will be pretty easy. Your little one will start rubbing her eyes or become nervous when she’s sleepy. As soon as you notice one of these signs, make sure to put her in the crib. Reading these signs will become easier as you get more experienced as a parent.

  1. Create routine actions

Every baby needs to feel calm prior to sleeping. You can help out by signing a lullaby, rocking in a crib or gently stroking her forehead. Although these actions are calming by itself, your newborn will also get used to them and the more frequently you do them, the easier and quicker it will be for baby to fall asleep.

  1. Learn to dictate the rules

Waiting for your baby to feel sleepy is not good enough. You are the one who has to dictate the terms and make sure that your little one falls asleep at a particular time. So, whenever the time comes, make sure to pick up your baby and put her in the crib. This is much better than simply waiting for a baby to fall asleep and is especially important for babies who cannot develop a proper routine. As with everything else, the baby has to recognize that when she’s put to bed, she needs to sleep. Help her out the first few times by comforting your baby. As time goes by, sleep will become more habitual. Simply by putting her to bed, you will increase the odds that your child will fall asleep instantly.

There you go!

Just by following these 6 simple tips you will ensure that your baby has much better, more frequent sleep. Make sure that you’re the one dictating the terms and don’t allow yourself to be swayed by baby’s cuteness or by parental weaknesses.

How do LED lights impact our sleep

Today’s guest post comes from Arthur Smith. Arthur  is a solar energy and LED lighting enthusiast with years of experience working in these fields. For the last few years, he has been running www.ledwatcher.com, a blog about all things solar and LED lighting. You can contact him either on his website or on Twitter & Facebook @LEDwatcher.

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How does light affect your body?

First a bit of background though! Your body has it’s very own ‘biological clock’ called the Circadian Rhythm, which in other words means all the physical, mental and behavioral changes in our body are based upon a 24 hours cycle, that is influenced both by changes in your body and by external factors – the main one of which is, yes, light! Light acts as a stimulus that prompts your body clock to turn on and off particular genes which control things like your sleeping pattern, hormones, body temperature and various other functions. So light is indeed capable of influencing our sleep-waking cycle: by turning the external lights off or down before bed-time, this will influence your body to initiate the production of melatonin, a hormone makes us want to sleep; on the other hand, if you leave the lights turned on before going to sleep for the evening, melatonin production will be suppressed, leaving you feeling alert and awake.

Blue-toned LED lighting

So, yes, light does impact your sleep. But why the controversy over LED lighting, in particular blue toned LED lighting? It all comes back to the sleep cycle discussed above and how it is affected by external lighting conditions. Your body registers the amount of light in the outside environment through the eyes, and your eyes are especially sensitive to blue-toned light – so the greater the amount of blue toned light in the environment, the more your sleep-waking cycle will be effected. How do LED lights relate to this? LED Lamps emit more blue, cool-toned wavelengths of light than the older incandescent and even fluorescent lights, therefore they have greater potential to interfere with our sleep than any other light source out there. (By the same token though, greater exposure to blue-toned light from your computer or other light sources during the morning hours will help you become more alert and awake).

Do you need to turn off the LED lighting before going to sleep?

The current consensus appears to be that we should turn off our LED lights – including tablet and smartphone screens – at least one hour before going to sleep; this will help us get a better, more unbroken sleep overnight. But what do we do if our overhead and bedside lights are also equipped with LED bulbs? We don’t want to ditch them entirely – after all, the whole reason we switched over to LED bulbs is because of their greater efficiency and longevity compared to older, incandescent and fluorescent lights. We merely need to find a way to not get exposed to as much blue light from them.

Here are a few of the things you can do:

  • When buying LED bulbs, choose those that have a warmer color temperature – they produce far fewer blue wavelengths, and are therefore a lot easier on your eyes and sleeping habits
  • For your tablet and smartphone devices, try and get a blue light filtering application or program that will put over your screen a red-toned overlay which will make it emit fewer blue light wavelengths.
  • For those of you who like to watch television late into the evening hours, look at getting yourself some special TV glasses which have yellow tinted lenses, that again will filter the blue light and limit the amount of it received by your eyes.

Do you tend to suffer through restless nights full of broken sleep? You may have heard the claim that being exposed to too much LED lighting throughout the evening hours – whether it’s from your lamps, television, computer or smartphone screen – negatively impacts your sleep. But is it true? We’re here to separate fact from fiction, myth from reality, and examine what effect LED lights REALLY have on your sleep cycle. Read on to find out! And find more information here.

 

Bizarre sleeping habits of famous people

So it turns out that famous people sleep too! And guess what? Some of them are weird about sleep, just like some of us. Part of the price they pay for being rich and famous is that we hoi-polloi get to metaphorically peer into their window while they sleep and take note of their several sheep-counting devices. Such is fame. It turns out that celebjury has mastered the art of laying out all that is cool and weird about our idols. It’s a good site. Go check it out!