While I agree with him to an extent on the first part, I vehemently disagree with the second one. Any one of those three elements can be caused by so many factors, either on their own or in combination with others. Identifying the problem may be simple, but trying to determine the cause is a much
When it comes to sleep, there are so many factors that might be impeding your little one’s ability to just lay their head down and go to sleep when they’re tired. Hormone levels may be out of balance, they may be in some kind of physical discomfort, too hot or too cold, they may be overtired or not tired enough, the possibilities can seem endless.
However, as a child sleep expert, I can tell you that one of the most prominent causes of fractured sleep in our little ones is light. Exposure to blue light has been shown to decrease baby’s feelings of drowsiness, increase the time it takes for them to fall asleep, decrease deep sleep, and affect their ability to stay asleep.
Light, obviously, is everywhere, and has been since day one. Our ancestors were better suited to hunting and gathering during daylight hours while the light was bright enough for our eyes to pick up movement and colours. But we needed rest as well, so better to sleep in the night when we wouldn’t be as efficient and at a disadvantage to predators whose eyesight was more acute in the darkness.
This all worked pretty beautifully right up until a technological breakthrough that, quite literally, changed everything. In 1879, the world was introduced to the electric lightbulb, and before long, we had access to light at all hours and in every room of the house.
I don’t want to get too nerdy on you here, (you can get the science-y stuff straight from NASA if you’re interested.) but visible light comes in different wavelengths. Longer wavelengths appear red or yellow and shorter wavelengths appear white or blue.
- Turn the lights in the house down (or off, if possible) around two hours before baby’s bedtime
- Turn off all tablets, phones, TVs, or any other electronic devices at least two hours before bed.
- Don’t allow your little one to use electronic devices in their bed at any time of day.
- Put a piece of tape over any lights emitted by devices in your baby’s nursery.
- Use a red or yellow light during baby’s bedtime routine activities. (Bathtime, bedtime stories, etc.)