Kids’ Sleeping Patterns – Genetic or Environmental?

Sophie sleepingOne of parents’ main issues with their infants and toddlers is sleep. When young ones have trouble sleeping, everyone in the family suffers. As you probably know, lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health problems, such as more stress, gaining weight, muscle pain, and fatigue.

One study done showed that genetics play a huge part in how well your baby and toddler sleep through the night. In fact, genes play as much as 50% of a role in how much and how deep your child will sleep. Don’t let this discourage you though.

The study also showed that environmental factors played a large part in it too. It is best to keep the room as dark and calm as possible. White noise makes a huge difference in how your child sleeps and can even drown out other noise outside of their room. Developing a naptime and bedtime routine also helps the child know what to expect.

Some babies and toddlers still have issues sleeping even with the right environment. In these cases, a chiropractor might be able to help. Some babies and toddlers are suffering from a subluxation (also known as a minor misalignment) that can cause fussiness and problems with sleeping. Other babies experience colic and issues with acid reflux which makes sleeping through the night almost impossible. A few visits to the chiropractor is a gentle and effective way to fix these problems. Many parents report that after visiting the chiropractor, their little ones sleep very well that night.

Even though sleeping patterns have been proven to be genetic, this does not mean that every child in your home will have the same sleeping habits. However, the study shows that even though genetics play a huge part in sleep patterns, you can still do your part as a parent to help your baby and toddler sleep. Your child is sure to be healthier if he or she gets the amount of sleep they need for their growing bodies.


Story Credit, Image Credit: Sophie sleeping by Peter Hunter. Used under Creative Commons license.

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