Improve Early rising to help your baby and yourself. Early rising is one of the most challenging components of sleep because the lightest stage of REM sleep is between 4 AM and 7 AM. This makes it hard for our little ones to return to sleep during these times. I do NOT subscribe to the theory, “I just have an early riser”. Sleep is taught, it’s a learned behavior. It is our jobs as parents to teach our children to sleep and sleep well so that they can grow and develop emotionally, physically, and mentally. So lets start teaching these little baby birds and learn how to improve early rising.
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OK, let’s talk turkey. Anything before 6 AM is just downright ungodly! Most importantly, it throws off your baby’s entire sleep schedule and inhibits proper development. Secondary to that, and frankly, the hardest part on parents, is the extreme crankiness that can go with early rising. Your baby may be happy and tickled pink to be up with the sun, but by the afternoon rolls around, he or she seems to be possessed!
All of this can be traced back to one thing. Can you guess what it is? That’s right, it’s a bedtime that is too late. A key indicator that bedtime is too late is your child getting up too early. It may seem counterintuitive, but a late bedtime, floods your little one’s body with chemicals that make it hard for him or her to sleep deeply, and that leads to them being up with the sun rather than simply drowzily falling back to sleep.
Key Tips to Improve Early Rising Within Two Weeks
By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to helping your baby back to the normal sleep cycle required for proper development. Within two weeks, you’ll see a reduction or elimination of early rising.
- Shave 15-30 minutes off bedtime and get them in earlier, sleep begets sleep!
- Wlee sep train awake for the day just like we do the bedtime. Set awake for the day no earlier then 6:30 AM and do not take the baby out of the crib until then.<
- Apply the sleep training method you’ve chosen (Pick Up Put Down, Chair Method, Check and Console, Extinction, etc) to all wake ups prior to 6:30 AM
We need to look at the 24-hour sleep cycle to fine tune this, but these tips will get you started and on the right path. If you’re consistent for two weeks you will get results! Sleep is taught. It takes time and patience. Reach out for help here if you need it.
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