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How Does Room Temperature Affect Sleep For Babies & Toddlers?

Among the various other things like their bedtime routine, a full tummy, and a relaxation session, what babies and toddlers need most for an unaffected sleep is the perfect room temperature.

Often parents feel that over-bundling babies and keeping the room warm are great ways to put them to sleep. However, research proves that the ideal temperature for a baby is 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. And the cooler the room temperature, the better it is for the immune system as well as the safety of infants and children.

In fact, according to research by the University of Calgary, overheating the room increases the chances of SIDS in infants in sleep. When the room is too warm, babies brawl to control their core body temperatures, and sometimes it also causes breathing problem, while asleep. The result is poor quality sleep and thus an increase in chances of SIDS. Even a fan can reduce the chances of SIDS by 72%.

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Melatonin, the sleep hormone in our system, tends to elevate with a drop in the core temperature of our body. So, due to exhaustion from sleep deprivation, babies sleeping in warmer rooms will sooner or later crash.

Just think about your body – don't you feel more active during the daytime? That is when your body temperature is highest, though it takes a dip during the afternoon, leaving you feeling sleepy. It again starts falling when the sun goes down, and it is at the lowest at night until 4 am. From hence onwards it starts preparing your body for the next day.

Parents who complain that their babies sleep more during the day must know that the sleep they get during the daytime is fragmented and light.

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The best ambiance that you can create for your baby at night – switch on the air conditioning (you can use a portable thermostat to keep track of the temperature), use a soft luxurious comforter, turn off the lights, and dress the baby comfortably before putting them to bed.

Babies mostly do not keep any cover on their body while sleeping. So, it’s better to use comforters which feel soft on their skin. For a better idea on which comforter to buy, visit the website.

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For any human, it merely takes two consecutive nights of poor sleep before they start feeling the consequences of sleep deprivation, like acute stress, improper digestion, irritability, cognitive impairment, insomnia, and many more. While these are not good for anyone, it is incredibly harmful to a developing infant or child under the age of three!

If the child doesn’t sleep well, even the caregiver cannot get a peaceful sleep. And without any second thoughts, sleep deprivation negatively affects our ability to be wholly attuned, tolerant, and attentive parents.

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