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If You’re Wondering Why Your Baby Doesn’t Sleep Through The Night, Read This

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If You’re Wondering Why Your Baby Doesn’t Sleep Through The Night, Read This

Parents expect babies to sleep through most of the day, and that all it takes is for them to be fed and popped into their cot for the remaining part of the day. Well, if this scenario exists, it’s an exception to the rule. Being a parent is tiresome, and you want to make sure that your child is getting as much sleep as he or she needs. Here are some reasons why even a healthy baby does not sleep through the night.

1. Babies have shorter sleep cycles

While adult sleep cycles last an average of 90 minutes, infant sleep cycles are shorter, lasting from 50 to 60 minutes. This is why they experience periods of night waking every hour or so.

2. Babies wake up at night to get your attention

Babies may sleep better during the day because at night, they will get more attention from their two primary caregivers. During this period, there are fewer disturbances or interruptions to taking care of your child.

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3. Babies don’t sleep as deeply as adults

Not only do babies require a longer time to sleep and have more frequent waking periods during the night, they are lighter sleepers than adults.

4. A newborn’s body clock is not set

Another reason why babies don’t sleep at night is that their body clocks are not set yet. We sleep at night and wake up in the morning because we have circadian rhythms; these cycles of rest and activity get synchronized to light and darkness. Although a baby’s internal clock is fully formed before he is born, his brain doesn’t respond to it until he is 2-5 months old.

5. They are adjusting to developmental milestones

As your baby learns to walk, pull up, roll, crawl, talk, etc., their sleep can become disrupted (naps too). It is important that they get appropriate naps during the day to help them get plenty of sleep, even when their new skills keep waking them up.

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6. Their desire to eat

This one may seem obvious, yet when a 5-month-old baby is waking at night for a feeding or two, it could become a cause for concern. It is important to read about night feedings and when to night wean so you can understand how to deal with this.

7. They wake up because they are supposed to

It simply is natural for infants not to sleep for long periods. They are meant to have frequent breaks during the sleeping process. It reveals a very high level of development and intellectual accomplishment when the baby cannot sleep throughout the night.

8. They need some closeness with their parents

Babies are meant to maintain continual and close contact with their parents. This goes back to the evolutionary history of humans to be close to their source of food and love.

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9. They need movement

Babies like to be moved in different ways because they need gross sensory interaction. Through the transition from womb to the world, their nervous systems are still vulnerable and they do not have the emotional or physical capacity to cope with things like tiredness, pain, or hunger.

10. They are teething

Some children seem to struggle with teething. During the night especially, teething can be quite painful and can be, of course, very uncomfortable. Teething could cause restlessness, tummy aches, and loss of appetite.

11. They are learning a new skill

Learning to sit, walk, roll over, crawl, or grab could inspire them to wake up at night to practice these skills. Your baby could wake up without crying and simply want to play. They find it hard to switch off at bedtime and would rather practice these wonderful new skills.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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