The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is one of the basic needs that our bodies need to survive just like water, food and shelter. I firmly believe we need to prioritise sleep, especially when dealing with a growing baby or child.
What happens to our bodies when we lack sleep? Our brain starts to become fuzzy, we are functioning at a lower level in all aspects, mentally, emotionally and physically. What happens to us when we are constantly sleep deprived? Sleep deprivation causes brain and cognitive function to decrease, slow growth, deficits in memory and attention among many other things. In babies and in children, this can manifest in a weakened immune system, mood swings, night wakings and feeding problems to name a few.
So how do we address this? How do we ensure our little ones are getting proper sleep? We can encourage healthy sleep habits and sleep train.