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How Do I Get Baby To Sleep Longer
Until you no longer: have a sleep deficit, if that's the problem. Most of us need 7-8 hrs of sleep/night. If ur overscheduled & feeling unrested when u awaken, ur not getting enough. Always a good idea to also check w/ ur provider to make sure u don't have any vitamin/mineral deficiencies ur not aware of. Search "sleep hygiene" on the internet for good sleep habits. Sweet dreams! ...Read more
Be patient: Many infants will begin to have more regular and longer naps once they are able to crawl or walk. As your baby gets older and more active i suspect that you will find this to be true. I would also add that you should plan on scheduled naps. Most infants are ready for the morning nap 2-3 hours after awakenings. The pm nap usually is after lunch. Note that "sneaky sleep" in the car can ruin a nap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rule out problems: Make sure there are no problems causing lack of sleep as in hunger, bloating from bacterial imbalance. If these things are clear. Try a drop of pharmaceutical grade essential oil of lavendar available at many health food stores. Place a drop at base of the neck for best results. Several drops in a tbsp of olive oil and massaged into feet, back or chest provides excellent bonding experience. ...Read more
Sleep psychologist: Your best bet is to see a board certified sleep psychologist who specializes in cbti. Call the following specialist:to contact dr. Tracy kuo phone: 650-722-2305 palo alto office: 1101 welch rd, suite a2, palo alto, ca 94304 she specializes in this. In the interim take melatonin 3 mg prior to desired sleep onset and: counselingservice.Vassar.Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20... Good sleep hygiene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agree w Dr. Cuevas.: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychiatrist/SleepDr: Chances are you have shifted your sleep schedule, have a psychiatric condition, a primary insomnia, or a primary sleep disorder. I would see a psychiatrist first and then a sleep doc if you have a shifted sleep schedule, an epworth sleepiness scale score >10, (type this into your browser and score it). In the interim you can take melatonin 3 mg two hours before bedtime (script not needed). ...Read more
Distraction: Sometimes nothing works but certainly distraction with common things your baby may like such as reading, videos, singing or just be soothing and reassuring with him/her. Be crafty sometimes you can let them help in the process and sometimes you just have to do it! eventually most will settle down and accept it. ...Read more
Most adults: Need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night (some a little more, and some a little less). Go to bed earlier enough to insure that you get enough sleep. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Most women will resume ovulation some 3-4 months after the last Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot (i.e. 1- 2 months after the birth control effect wears off). But some take several months longer and rarely, it can be over a year before regular ovulation occurs. If you are overweight, getting down to your ideal weight will help shorten the interval. ...Read more
Depends on the baby: It depends not only on the baby, but also on how well they're sleeping at night. If their nightly sleep is good - good length, good quality, sustained through the night - then they're daily naps are more dependent upon their particular needs, if they don't sleep well at night, though, daytime naps may be part of the problem. This is always a good one to discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: A baby can cry at night for a number of reasons. Depending on the age, and assuming they are not wet or hungrey, it could be their sleeping condtions , hot, cold or anxiety. Children at a young age can not vocalize their problems so they cry. If you determine nothing is wrong then allowing a baby to cry for a while is fine. Sometimes the child has programed you to pick them up even though nothing. ...Read more
I want to get off ambien (zolpidem). How many nights does it take to get back to my natural sleeping rhythm?
Use sleep hygiene: Getting off Ambien (zolpidem) is a good idea and best facilitated by practicing good sleep hygiene. This includes setting the same sleep and wake time, relaxing before sleep, using your bed only for sleep and sex, no tv or computer before sleep, no caffeine 6 hours before sleep, and getting out bed if you wake in the middle of the night and reading for a little while. Practicing this will help. ...Read more
Rocking, walking: There is no magic solution unfortunately. Rocking, carrying your baby while walking around, baby riding in a car or stroller, and using a pacifier are all helpful. Some people say to let the baby cry it out, but i don't recommend it in the first 2-3 months. Your baby needs to nurse every few hours. The attachment parenting people promote nursing to sleep, so it's okay, but it's tiring for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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