Children and Infants
In this section of Sleep.org, we’ll cover everything you need to know about your children and their sleep needs. Starting with newborns, you’ll find coverage around the amount of sleep your child needs and how that changes over time, how to get your children to sleep, as well as sleep issues that face children as they age.
How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?
Babies are asleep for more than half of their first year of life. This time spent sleeping allows an infant's brain and nervous system to develop, preparing them for the years to come. We cover how much sleep your baby needs to promote healthy growth, why sleep is so crucial for infants and toddlers, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about infant sleep habits.
All Children and Infants Articles
Sleep hygiene encompasses a set of behavioral and environmental recommendations that aim to improve sleep. Examples of good sleep hygiene habits include avoiding stimulation before bed, crafting a soothing bedroom environment, and keeping a regular sleep-wake schedule. The idea is that by adhering to sleep hygiene principles, you can better prepare your body and mind for sleep at night. Sleep hygiene is not intended to replace treatments for sleep disorders or chronic insomnia disorder, although many care providers incorporate sleep hygiene principles as part of the treatment plan. Rather, improving sleep hygiene is something that we can all do in our day-to-day lives to sleep better.
Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Sleep
Do women need more sleep than men? Learn about the differences between how men and women sleep, and if certain sleep disorders affect men or women more.
What Causes Jet Lag?
Jet lag occurs when a person's internal clock conflicts with environmental cues like the sun rising or setting. This condition usually affects people who travel across many time zones. Most people who experience jet lag feel excessively fatigued or sleepy in a new time zone.
Your First Trimester: Tested Tips for Sleeping While Pregnant
Sleeping well during your first trimester of pregnancy can be difficult. There are multiple actions you can take to promote sound sleep as your baby develops.