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Child health: Babies 'sleeping times are impaired in the parents' bedroom


Babies sleep much less with their parents in the bedroom
When babies sleep in the parents 'bedroom, it doesn't just affect their parents' sleep. The children also have a significantly shorter sleep time per night compared to babies who sleep in their own room, according to a recent study. For the benefit of all involved, it is therefore necessary to check whether children can possibly sleep in their own room before they reach the age of one.

According to the US researchers, babies sleep significantly shorter from the age of six months when they sleep in their parents' room. At the age of nine months, children who do not sleep in their own room will lose 40 minutes of sleep each night. The previous recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that children should sleep in their parents' room until the age of 1 should be reconsidered. The study results were published in the specialist magazine "Pediatrics".

The children's sheep times were examined
For their current study, the scientists around Dr. Ian Paul from Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, Pennsylvania) used the data from the so-called INSIGHT study (Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories study) and examined possible relationships between sleep times in children and overnight stays in their parents' bedrooms. For this purpose, the children were divided into different groups: babies who slept in their own room at the age of four months, who slept in their own room after nine months, who slept in their room after 12 months, or who slept in their own after 30 months Rooms stayed.

Up to 2.5 hours less sleep per night
At nine months of age, the researchers said the children who had been in their own room since the age of four months had a 26-minute longer sleep than the children who slept between the fourth and ninth month started in their own room. In comparison to the children who were still sleeping with their parents, the sleep time was even 40 minutes longer on average. With increasing age, this deviation increases. The greatest differences were found in the study in children aged 30 months. If they were still sleeping in their own room, they would get about two and a half hours less sleep per night than babies who were already four months old in their own room.

Critical reduced sleeping times in children
According to the researchers, one possible explanation for the shortened sleeping time of the babies in the parents' bedroom is the intervention of the parents as soon as the baby makes a sound. The study also made it clear that the children are raised much more often by the parents when they are in their parents' bed. In turn, this means that the children expect to be hugged as soon as they wake up. The likelihood that they will simply go back to sleep is therefore significantly reduced. According to the scientists, the reduced sleep times are to be assessed critically, as these are associated, among other things, with an increased risk of psychological problems and being overweight later in life. (fp)

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