The Importance of Getting Your Zzz’s

Sleep is an essential part of overall health at all stages of life – from babies to adults. That’s why the month of March is dedicated to bringing awareness to the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Forming healthy sleeping habits starts right away. Baby Sleep Day, observed annually on March 1, was created by the Pediatric Sleep Council just a few years ago to focus on the importance of a baby’s sleep. After all, when babies sleep well, parents are better rested.

As babies age, their sleep patterns and sleep needs change, and not all babies are able to create their own sleeping and waking patterns. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep issues affect 25 to 50 percent of children. You can help your newborn form these patterns with a consistent bedtime routine. Here are some helpful suggestions from Stanford Children’s Health.

Our pediatric experts at Plymouth Primary Care Rural Health Clinic are here to help. If you have questions about sleep patterns, co-sleeping or concerns about your baby’s sleep issues, let our doctors help and give us a call at 252-793-4500. Our team specializes in treating patients of all ages, including newborns, and are here to help answer any questions you may have.

And don’t ignore the importance of sleep for mom and dad. During Sleep Awareness Week, March 13-19, take a little time to  make sure you’re getting optimal sleep. You can learn more about the awareness week and get sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation.