Know About Your Baby's Sleep Cycle
Knowing about your child's sleep cycle is important to know when your little one will be active and when they will need to sleep. Though thought to be widely variable, children have a pretty predictable sleep cycle and it is only a matter of time before you are aware of the same.
1. Sleep is very important for the biological wellbeing of your child. It is the time that the body rests and recovers from the day's activities and prepares for the upcoming activities.
2. Sleep cycles are divided into two predominant phases namely light sleep and deep sleep. Light sleep, also known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a period of sleep where there is minimal level of activity, which precedes the onset of sleep and intersperse periods of deep sleep. The time that your little one spends in REM sleep decreases slowly as they grow older. At this age, they spend about 1/3rd of their sleep time. Deep sleep is a period of sleep when your child is not easily awoken, in contrast to REM sleep.
3. At this age, your child's sleep pattern will be quite erratic, but will start trending towards longer durations of night time sleeps, waking up about once or twice a day and about 2-3 day time naps of about 2-3 hours each.
4. Keep in mind to judge your child's sleep requirements and patterns in context of their level of activities, making sure that they get adequate sleep in between activities and during the night. Having these simple facts in mind helps you ensure that your little one bright and cheerful!