Sleep experts tell you about the five childhood sleep myths that you should ignore if you want to establish a healthy routine for your children and yourself. Get to know them…
5 Childhood Sleep Myths to Ignore
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1. Don’t let him nap so he’ll fall asleep:
They tell us, or it sounds logical, to skip naps so that he can sleep better, but it happens that the body exhausts itself and produces the cortisol hormone that instead of resting, prevents deep sleep, causes insomnia or starts the day at dawn, in other words, it is counterproductive.
2. I give him more dinner so he can sleep more:
One of the most common childhood sleep myths is to increase amounts of food, give them cereal in milk, literally “stuff them”. If you overfeed a baby (the same as in adults) the body will focus on digesting instead of resting and on the other hand, if we overfeed babies who are not ready for solids we compromise their digestive system as well as their satiety instinct.
3. Sleep late so you wake up late:
False, because of a biorhythm issue, that is, children have a consistent time to wake up, commonly between 7 and 8 am, if we put them to bed later, they will get up at 7 am anyway, but with less hours spent, understanding that they must sleep approximately 11 hours uninterrupted, this lack of sleep will lead to a bad mood and if we take it to a daily practice, even healthy development can be affected.
4. My child has night terrors:
Not all manifestations of “ugly” dreams are night terrors as they are not the same as a nightmare. This is another childhood sleep myth that you should ignore.
The incidence of night terrors is very low and occurs more in men, is when our daughter screams, is agitated, sweats, can be incorporated, to open their eyes and not recognize us. This is due to excessive tiredness which makes a sleep phase “not fit with the next” and we see it in the first half of the night.
Instead, nightmares are those dreams that we remember, they happen in the second half of the night and we have all experienced it as that bad moment that wakes us up and we realize that we were asleep.
5. My child can’t sleep through the night until she stops breastfeeding and/or breast-feeding:
There is no more false scenario, eating or sharing a bed as a family decision, it doesn’t have to be affected, there is no relationship between falling asleep and depending on the breast, nipple or presence of the parents. If you teach your child to sleep in your bed from the beginning of the night with their own resources, there will be no need to eliminate any practice. Please forget about these child sleep myths.