This is why it’s actually a good thing if your baby won’t sleep through the night

January 12, 2019
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One of the hardest parts of having a newborn baby is the lack of sleep.

While we all want our children to be happy and healthy, if we are being honest then we probably wish they would sleep through the night so that we can enjoy a recharge of the batteries too.

However, if your baby is constantly waking you up in the middle of the night it could be a good thing, according to scientists.

Research from the University of Bristol shows that the dark circles may be worth it. That is because babies who don’t sleep all night long are potentially smarter than those who love snoozing.

Professor Peter Fleming, who works on infant health and developmental psychology at the university, made the claim to Buzzfeed, writes Mirror Online.

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He suggested that not sleeping through the night and high levels of intellectual achievement may in fact be correlated.

“Human infants are not designed to sleep for long periods,” he said. “It’s not good for them and there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there is any benefit to anybody from having a child that sleeps longer and consistently.

“That’s not perhaps what most parents would like to hear.”

He added that babies typically sleep during the day and that between 6pm to midnight is the time “they’re going to want to be awake the most”.

Not sleeping through the night and high levels of intellectual achievement may in fact me correlated.
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As much as you might not like it, there is actually a good reason as to why young children like to be awake during these specific hours of the night.

Professor Fleming added: “Biologically that’s a big advantage because they will have more attention from their two primary caregivers at that time of day than at any other, because there are fewer distractions.

“From a biological point of view what the baby is doing is completely normal and sensible. It just doesn’t fit in with our 21st-century expectations.”

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