Monday, November 19, 2012

Falling asleep too fast? {Sleep Tip of the Month}

Is your little one taking long enough to fall asleep at night?

Kind of an odd question, I know.  

I think most parents believe that the quicker their child falls asleep at bedtime, the better, but this isn't always the case.  

A well-rested child that knows how to fall asleep, and stay asleep on their own, should take about 15-20 minutes to fall asleep at bedtime!  Of course, they shouldn't be crying during this time, but will be laying in bed, getting comfy, cuddling their lovey, or even quietly singing or talking to themselves.

Experts say that if you're "asleep before your head hits the pillow" you're probably sleep deprived.  This applies to adults and children alike.  

If anyone in your family is falling asleep 'too fast' you might consider making bedtime earlier.

Speaking of bedtimes...What time does your child go to bed each night? Do they take a bit of time before falling asleep?

Lauren is a certified sleep coach and DONA trained postpartum doula.  Her passion for helping tired parents began when her own newborn daughter's constant crying and terrible sleep habits finally got the best of her. Visit her blog and Facebook page for more information.

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