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Understanding Newborn Sleep

Posted in on Feb 6, 2023. Tags: ,

If you are a first-time parent, worry and doubt about how long and how often your baby needs to sleep might be causing you some sleepless nights.  And as no two babies are alike, even a seasoned parent might be wondering what to make of baby #2 or #5 who isn’t following any of the patterns of their older siblings.

Let’s try to shed some light on the mystery of newborns and sleep.

How much sleep does a newborn need?

When a baby is born, they can spend as much as 18 hours asleep each day. That’s a lot of sleep!  However, this sleep is fragmented into several daytime naps with short wake windows between them. Baby stomachs are small, and they need to feed at least every 3 hours.  They will rotate in a cycle of nap, play, eat, nap, play, eat. On repeat. How often and how much they eat can depend on whether they are on breastmilk or formula and how old they are.  Be sure to consult your pediatrician to figure out what is...

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Nap before or after workout?

Posted in on Jan 20, 2023. Tags: , ,

A good nap can fully restore your physical performance and guarantee improved alertness, better reaction time, and put you in a better mood. “Taking a nap is a great way to boost an athlete's performance without getting tired” – says Dr. Amy Bender from the University of Calgary. However, when should we throw a nap into our schedule – before or after doing physical activity?

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Sleep Deprivation in College Students

Posted in on Aug 22, 2022. Tags: , , ,

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National Napping Day 2022

Posted in on Mar 4, 2022. Tags:

National napping day is probably our favorite, unofficial holiday in the US. The day - as the name suggests - is dedicated to making time for a rejuvenating nap, preferably at work. 

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