Mothers Who Put Their Babies to Sleep Early Have Better Mental Health, a Study Suggests
Young parents believe that if they put their babies to sleep late, the babies will sleep through the night, which is a popular myth. Babies tend to wake up every 1-2 hours and there's nothing you can do about it. However, a study has found that babies who go to bed before 8:30 pm are healthier and have healthier moms.
The research has brought many important facts to light and Bright Side would like to share their findings with you.
In order to find out more about a mother's and her baby's health, a huge study was conducted by a government organization called Growing Up in Australia where they assessed over 10,000 young people and their families. From 2003, the data was collected every 2 years and a child's development and health were taken into account.
Here's what the study found:
Contrary to the popular belief which claims that putting babies to bed late makes them sleep through the night, it was found that babies who went to sleep early were the healthiest. Not only that, but the study also claimed that these kids grew up to lead a better quality of life.
Data was collected from thousands of children.
The data from 3600 children was taken into account. They were divided into groups of 4 on the basis of their sleeping habits. After analyzing, it was found that kids who were early to bed and woke up early in the morning were the healthiest. At the conference, it was also added that these children had a lower risk of obesity as they grew older.
It is better for moms too.
Putting babies to sleep early may sound like a wild concept to mothers, but as it turns out, it is actually good for their health too. According to research, which was presented at the Australian conference Sleep DownUnder, when babies sleep early, it has a positive effect on their mom's mental health, making them happier. The time children go to sleep has an overall effect on their parent's health, the study adds.
Some tips you can use to help your baby sleep better:
We understand that talk is easy and that putting words into action is the real struggle, which is why we have gathered some tips you can try to help your baby go to sleep early and for a longer period of time. Here's what you can try:
- Instead of keeping nightlights on in your baby's room, make sure it's dark. Soundproof the room if possible and keep it quiet.
- Feed the baby before they go to sleep, so both of you get proper sleep before the baby wakes up again.
- If the baby wakes up at night, let them hang out for a couple of minutes. When you rush to them immediately, they get the impression that this is okay and that the more they cry, the more attention they'll get.
- Babies sleep during the day, but you should limit their nap time. Monitor them and let them sleep in small intervals of 1-2 hours.
Do you put your kids to bed early or let them go to sleep late? What advice would you give young parents from your baby-raising experiences?
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