18.04.2015
As a children’s sleep specialist newborn baby sleep is something I am asked about many times and though I help parents sleep train their children (up to 6 year olds), I don’t advise sleep training a newborn. Having said that, there is quite a bit we can be doing to encourage wonderful sleep habits. If you are trying to get your infant into its own sleep space, either a bassinet or crib but you find that they would rather be held this could be a bit of a problem. It takes 20 minutes for an infant to fall into a deep sleep, if you rush off as soon as you’ve popped your infant into the crib and you keep having to go back to help them get back to sleep (this becomes very frustrating) just wait in their room until they are in a deep sleep. Rebecca Michi is a British born and trained Children's Sleep Consultant based in Seattle, WA, USA. Rebecca works with families all over the globe and has specialized in children's sleep since 2004. In [a] research project, data regarding civil servants sleeping habits was collected between the years 1985-8 and 1992-3; the civil servants mortality rates were then checked in 2004. So obviously, it is possible to get too much sleep and it’s not a very good thing when it happens for long periods of time.
I have found that what ends up happening is people meet their 10pm deadline to be in bed, but they snooze the alarm and don’t get up until 7 or 8. Eat – When you wake up early you can make yourself a nice breakfast which is, as we all know, the most important meal of the day. The first three months really are the fourth trimester and I advise do whatever you can do to get as much sleep as you can!


I’m going to outline for you my favorite sleep tips for newborns, these will give you confidence that you are doing all you can to get as much sleep as you all can whilst also setting up some great sleep associations for your infant. Set up a great sleep environment Keeping the sleeping environment between 65 and 70 degrees is enough for your infant. Infants are born with a startle reflex, as they go through different stages of the sleep cycle they can startle and wake themselves up! I do suggest holding them as much as you can, but sometimes you need to get yourself something to eat or you need to jump in the shower.  Try wearing the crib sheet!
They’ll fall into a deep sleep quicker if you are there to help them sooner and it is less frustrating for you. My main focus of this post is not to make you think that you will die from oversleeping, but that too much sleep is possible and it can actually make it hard to wake up in the morning.
They end up getting 9 or ten hours of sleep instead of 8, which leads to the oversleeping trap. Either go to bed later or get up earlier so that you are only getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep. Since you’re reading this post, you might be afraid that you are getting too much sleep.
Maybe you made the goal to get to bed by 10pm so that you could get 8 solid hours of sleep and get up at 6am ready to exercise.
Soon, their bodies are used to getting 9 hours of sleep and getting any less than that is nearly impossible.


Peter Shankman wrote a blog post called Why You Need to Get Up Earlier (And How to Do It!). The results showed that the civil servants who increased their nightly sleeping period from 7 hours per night to 8 hours per night or more, the overall mortality rate more than doubled! Often their little hands and their head can feel very cool, so check their chest to get a real idea of if they’re hot or cold. They have spent 9 months snuggled up in utero, suddenly having arms and arm which can freely move (remember your infant won’t have any control over their limbs) can be scary, uncomfortable and bother them.
A lot of people think they are doing the right thing by going to bed at a decent hour so they can get 9-10 hours of sleep. You can also try wearing your infant in a carrier (don’t do this if you’re going in the shower!); you can still get things done whilst holding your baby. In any case, based on these results, it seems clear that sleeping too much is not recommended.



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