Night time sleep

Tara - posted on 05/14/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




Seven week old baby boy goes down to bed any time between 9pm and 11pm. If he goes before 10 he will usually wake about 1pm and takes about two to three ounces. Then will sleep until half three or four which is great but then he wakes at six o clock every morn and it's up time tree no chance getting him bk again. Most nights he will even wake again at five take one to two ounces and might go bk sleep til six but that's it. Wondering could anyone tell me why he isn't going bk to sleep properly after his four I clock feed?


Guest - posted on 05/14/2014




The problem is probably the irregular and very late bedtime. Bedtimes that are too late cause the baby to become restless and sleep cycle to become shorter and less regulated. This is because if the baby (or a person of any age) does not go to sleep when they first feel tired, their body reflexively inhibits the uptake of sleep promoting neurotransmitters, like serotonin and melanin, and begins producing neurotransmitters that promote wakefulness, such as testosterone and adrenaline, thus giving the person or baby the illusion of having more energy and making sleep very difficult to achieve and maintain.
Bedtimes that are irregular have a similar effect because it disrupts the firing patterns of the neurons in the brain that produce neurotransmitters. A schedule helps regulate those patterns so that the baby is sleepy when he should be, and wakeful when he should be.

Try putting him down at 8pm every night for a few weeks and see if his last leg of sleep becomes a little less choppy. Most will sleep from 8 to around midnight, then go back to sleep until about 4, then go back to sleep until 6am (possibly 7am). Then go back down for a nap around 9 or 10 am and another nap (or two) in the afternoons.

As long as he is getting at least 15 hours of sleep total, the times that he gets the sleep really don't matter. As he grows, his sleep patterns will start to sync up with the calm, dim parts of the day because calm, quiet, and dim environments promote the production of serotonin and other sleep promoting neurotransmitters.

If your baby is getting significantly less than 15 hours of sleep each day, take him to a pediatric sleep specialist to rule out any underlying conditions.

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