Choose your lights properly as they affect your child's sleeping pattern

- Oct 24, 2018-

If your infant is not getting good sleep, and his/her attention span is getting shorter, or he/she is getting easily distracted, you can blame it on the lighting system of your house.

Standard incandescent bulbs emit waves that approximate daylight. These bulbs tell your infant it is daytime, and time to stay awake.

The abovementioned problems are common symptoms amongst infants, but very few parents know that they are all linked to the relationship between infant?s sleep patterns and cognitive development. Research has shown that sleep directly impacts developing brain structures associated with higher-order cognitive processes.

Numerous studies have revealed sleep?s positive impact on infants, particularly night slumber. In fact, infants who get most of their sleep during the evening hours perform much better than day sleepers in a number of functions. These include impulse control, mental flexibility, and working memory.

Two of the most telling studies took place at The University of Minnesota and University of Montreal. At both institutions, researchers tracked the progress 60 infants at various developmental stages ? 12 -26 months; 12-13 months; and 18 months. Assisting the researchers, mothers kept ?sleep diaries? that documented the sleep patterns of their children. Recorded were things like percentage of night sleep and how often children awoke.

Researchers applied various metrics to determine cognitive functioning at 12, 18 and 26 months. For example, in a memory exercise for 18-month olds, a sticker was hidden in one of three pots and covered with a blanket. Children were then asked to point out the pot containing the sticker.

Children who got most of their sleep at night at 12 and 18 months outperformed day sleepers on various executive function tasks at 26 months. The more night sleep, the better the performance.

As these and many other studies demonstrate, sleep is critical for cognitive development in children.

So sleep is very important for your child?s overall development. LED bulbs like Sleepy Baby Nursery Light developed by Lighting Science emit less daytime light. During the evening, the LED waves align with an infant?s internal clock and help promote peaceful, unbroken sleep. With a good night?s sleep, of course, babies have a much better chance of performing their best when engaged in cognitive activities.

Sleepy Baby biological LED lamp creates the perception of darkness for your infants internal clock, while providing the right light output so you can care for your little one.