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Why sleep is important for babies ?
There are two alternating types or states of sleep:
Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) or "quiet" sleep. During the deep states of NREM sleep, blood supply to the muscles is increased, energy is restored, tissue growth and repair occur, and important hormones are released for growth and development.
Rapid Eye Movement(REM) or "active" sleep. During REM sleep, our brains are active and dreaming occurs. Our bodies become immobile, breathing and heart rates are irregular.
Babies spend 50 percent of their time in each of these states and the sleep cycle is about 50 minutes. At about six months of age, REM sleep comprises about 30% of sleep. By the time children reach preschool age, the sleep cycle is about every 90 minutes.
Here are even more fundamental benefits:
Hard work is done in a newborn's brain, and proper brain development requires enough and good quality sleep.
When sleeping, a baby dreams most of the time. Researchers found that dreaming stimulates baby's brain and so assists in its healthy development.
The first half year is crucial for developing good sleeping skills. It's in these early months that baby's sleep patterns mature most quickly and the stage is set for the years to come.
Poor sleep in infancy has been linked to obesity, as a child and as an adult.
Good sleep as a child also decreases the chance for general health problems and emotional difficulties like depression and anxiety.
A child who is not overtired, will settle much easier and have better nights as well.
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