Baby sleep facts
Here is a list of interesting facts that you might not know about your baby's sleep...
Baby sleep fact Number 1
Babies spend about 50% of their sleep in active Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.
Babies start their sleep in active sleep and spend equal amounts of time in active and quiet sleep.
This means that 50% of baby sleep is relatively light and often filled with dreams.
Light sleep may mean your baby wakes more often.
If your baby is struggling to stay asleep during light sleep, you may consider being extra quiet during their sleep cycle transitions (45-60 minutes from start of sleep), swaddling, or using white noise like from a NapNap mat.
Baby sleep fact Number 2
Did you know that during their first few weeks, newborn babies are asleep more than they are awake?
A baby's sleep needs are, on average, between 16 and 22 hours per 24-hour period.
This does vary a lot amongst babies, but it can even vary from day to day for the same baby.
Baby sleep fact Number 3
Did you know that there’s a Reason for Babies Light Sleep?
Babies’ light sleep actually has a purpose.
For example, in the first few months, it allows hunger to wake baby up and demand the sustenance she needs.
Baby sleep fact Number 4
Sleep breeds sleep.
The better your baby sleeps in the day, the better they will sleep at night.
Many new parents think that if you drop a nap in the day, then their little one will have more chance of sleeping through the night.
An over tired baby does not sleep well and you will find that it is much better all round to be well rested and well napped.
Of course a @napnapuk mat will work wonders at nap time!
Baby sleep fact Number 5
Sleep is essential for human development.
Our brains experience intense activity while we sleep, building the foundations for how we learn and grow.
Sleep affects the development of our behaviour, emotions and immune systems.
Poor sleep in infancy has been linked to problems with cognitive performance, social skills, obesity, and quality of life later in childhood.
Baby sleep fact Number 6
Moro reflex, also known as startle reflex, is something that all babies have.
Also known as the 'startle reflex' you may have noticed your baby suddenly making jerky movements whilst asleep.
This is perfectly normal but can be particularly troublesome during sleep time, as it may wake your baby up from sound sleep.
Some parents find swaddling their baby can help to prevent them waking up when this reflex kicks in.
NapNap baby sleep fact Number 7
If you have a newborn, your whole day may very well revolve around sleep at the moment.
Why won't my baby sleep?
How much sleep should my baby have?
How long should my baby's naps be?
Will I ever sleep again...?!
NapNap mats are here to help. It's proven that sleep breeds sleep and we're here to help you nail the daytime nap routine so that it helps with nighttime sleep too.
Let your baby drift off to sleep in a cloud of gentle vibrations and white noise and you can enjoy that hot cup of tea at last!
NapNap baby sleep fact Number 9
Babies don’t let you rest on your laurels!
Babies are constantly growing and changing, learning new things, developing new skills, teething, catching colds… no two days are the same.
Just when you think you have this baby sleep thing nailed, along comes a sleep regression to shake it all up!
Be prepared & be flexible. It's a lot to deal with, so be kind to yourself!
Babies spend around 40-50% of their sleep in dream/memory boosting REM (versus about 15% in adults).
Why is this?
Adults need much less REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep as our lives are pretty samey! Babies, on the other hand, have brains filled with new experiences and things to understand.
Adults first enter restorative sleep before we move on to REM, but babies and young children dive immediately into REM to process their inbox of memories!