Health and Information – Based on data from international research conducted by the US Census Bureau, International Database, it is known that 28 million people experience insomnia or sleep disorders. In addition to attacking adults, Insomnia can also attack infants and children.
The results of a survey by a child psychiatrist from Providence, Rhode Island, insomnia has significantly affected 29 percent of children overall. According to Dr. Judith A. Owens of Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, the prevalence of insomnia in children with severe symptoms over a 1 month period increased from 8.4 percent in people aged 2 years, 28 percent in ages 6-12 years, and 32 percent in ages 13-18 years. Instead of being curious and still wondering, the following causes of insomnia in infants.
1. Baby’s Biological Rhythm is Unstable
Most babies don’t have the correct circadian rhythm or biological clock, because their bodily functions are still developing. Most babies get the correct biological clock when they are 12 weeks old. Some babies may take longer than that.
Even though this is related to the development of bodily functions, you can still help your child adapt and familiarize himself with good sleep. Help the baby to wake up and sleep at the same time every day. This will help your child adapt and find his own biological clock.
Also avoid installing very bright lights in the room when bedtime arrives. Because the light is too bright can prevent the body from producing the hormone melatonin, which is a hormone that stimulates drowsiness.
2. Babies Feel Hungry
Hungry babies are the most common reason babies experience insomnia or wake up at night. Newborns need food more often. Usually babies up to the age of 18 months, are fed every four hours or as requested by the Little One and do not rule out the possibility of feeling hungry at night or just before he sleeps.
Especially if the body’s growth and development is quite rapid. He will feel hungry more often than usual. Therefore, you must prepare breast milk for your child to meet their needs. You may need to breastfeed every 2-3 hours.
3. Encourage Babies to Play Before Sleeping
This is also often the cause of babies having trouble sleeping at night. Inviting him to play or make things he likes, makes Little Little lost in excitement that makes it difficult to sleep.
Babies are good observers and are easily disturbed by sounds or movements that attract their attention. So, if you want your baby to sleep at the right time or go back to sleep after waking up, you should avoid asking him to play before he goes to sleep.
In addition to you who are the cause of babies having trouble sleeping, cellphones (cellphones) can also stimulate the baby to continue to wake up. A survey of 715 parents in Western countries concluded that babies who were given games through cell phones would have more difficulty sleeping at night. This is allegedly because cellphones emit blue light which can interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin.
If your baby wakes up at night, you should not calm him too quickly. This will only make your child more difficult to sleep, because you like sleepy babies to fall asleep. To avoid this, do not move immediately or follow up on your child’s first signs and movements when he is sleeping.
4. Babies Too Tired or vice versa
When your baby is tired, the baby will experience insomnia or make him sleep deprived. In addition, babies will also wake up more often to become fussy. The environment around the baby that is too noisy also makes the baby difficult to sleep or calm. This is why babies should avoid noise before bedtime. Try to create a calm environment so that babies sleep easily.
That’s some of the causes of insomnia or insomnia at night. So let’s take care of our children as well as possible so that babies don’t fuss at night when we are all resting.