Babies barely have time for anything other than crying for milk, soiled nappies or sometimes, for no apparent reason. And when this behavior begins affecting their sleep, it might turn into an issue not only for themselves but to parents as well. After all, they don’t cry themselves out because it’s fun; most of the time, it’s their way of letting you know they need something or they are having trouble.
Various factors can cause babies to lose huge portions of their daily sleep, which consequently affect their health; and certainly not in a nice way. This babyjourney guide will tell you what factors can cause babies to lose sleep, and how you can help them get the sleep that they really need.
Factors that can keep your baby awake!
While it’s hard to get any baby to sleep (and it always will be), it is possible to make the procedure somewhat easier than it would normally be. We’ll tell you about the factors that usually lead and cause sleeplessness in babies, as well as a number of ways you can help them (and you!) sleep better at night.
- Irregular Exposure to Light: Your baby’s biological clock may not be as used to what goes on at Earth as yours might be. For this, your baby needs to go through natural exposure to sunlight and darkness in order to get used to Earth’s time. Some really common things like your home environment and the lighting used can result in your baby losing sleep.
- Over-stimulation Soon Before Bedtime: Over-stimulating your baby before the bedtime can make falling asleep harder. Physical exercise, verbal interactions, or stimulating your baby’s brain other ways, such as with noisy toys, can grab a significant part of your baby’s attention if done before bed. This can stimulate your baby’s brain more than enough to make falling asleep harder.
- Intervention in Sleep: When your baby cries, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re needed to fix a major issue. Your baby can make noises when half-asleep, or even when in deep sleep, so it’s better to not involve in trying to help your baby by touching or holding unless you’re sure that you won’t be disrupting their sleep.
- Inconsistency of Approach: Looking after a baby can be really exhausting, and at times, frustrating as well. Due to this, many parents may begin alternating between differently intense approaches, depending on their own state. After all, they’re humans and cannot handle everything at once. However, building a routine with babies to help them sleep better does take some extra effort.
- Mentally Stimulating The Baby: Stimulating the baby when trying to induce sleep is bound to backfire and make the situation worse. Likely, the baby hasn’t seen anything more interesting than faces, which is why leaving the babies alone is best unless they really need you. Not giving stimulus close to bedtime can help babies sleep more easily.
This is why it becomes necessary to ensure a sufficient amount of sleep for your baby to avoid other problems, as well as improve the home environment. Have you been wondering how to get newborn babies to sleep well during the night? If yes, we might be able to help you solve this issue in very little time. Alternatively, check out the video below: