Updated: Sep 23, 2020
There are many questions about children's sleep. And there are many theories. A child's sleep is completely different from that of an adult, it is a complex phenomenon that evolves over time. Babies and children need more sleep as sleep affects their brain development and growth but the composition of sleep is different from that of adults. In fact, sleep is made up of cycles that in adults last about 90-120 minutes while in newborns they last 60 minutes. We adults often happen to wake up briefly between one cycle and the next but we don't notice it, we turn away and continue to sleep. For newborns it is not so simple, the detachment from the parental figure creates anxiety and difficulties in falling back asleep. All of this is completely normal and the baby needs reassurance and comfort. For some decades, however, the theory of making children fall asleep alone, from an early age, has been in vogue. In parallel, sleep disturbances in children have also increased in percentage terms. Why? These disorders are caused by anxiety and insecurity, the main reason why the child is unable to fall asleep. And these cultural practices that leverage separation from the mother or caregiver are completely unnatural and anxiety-generating. This is where the fatigue in falling asleep of the newborn or child comes from, who will be able to sleep only when he feels safe and protected. No melatonin supplements or similar are needed, which often do not bring any kind of practical benefit to the very young child. Your baby needs you, your safety and your contact.