Researchers have found unexplainable relation between growth sleep in infants. Infants that sleep longer hours and have more number of sleep bouts (deep sleep where mind becomes unconscious) grow taller than ones that lack sleep or don’t sleep.
Researchers also add that the significant connection between sleep and growth has not been discovered yet, perhaps they do believe that growth spurts are triggered by good sleep. Research is under process to discover the connection between sleep and growth and to understand the mechanisms that underlie this belief.
Analysis with This Experiment as Basis
23 infants were picked and their sleeping patterns were analyzed. Infants ranged between four to seventeen months. Sleep onset and awakening times were recorded and the baby was measured followed by it. In addition to that the infants were checked with breastfeeding and formula feeding as criteria
More about Sleep & Growth
Growth spurts are often linked with sleep, perhaps mild sleeping disorders and irregularities in sleep are also a part of physical maturity. Though this can’t be linked to hormone imbalance, parents have to understand the fact that sleeping irregularities are bound to happen in the age between four to eighteen months or more.
What Should Parents Know?
- Sleeping irregularities are not left to the choice of the infants. It can’t to be controlled and therefore parents should adapt to it.
- Horizontal growth – Sleep also leads to horizontal growth resulting in the accumulation of fat in waist. Muscle mass and body fat also increases at a considerable rate.
- Sleeping patterns are not affected by gender difference.
- Sleeping patterns and related growth patterns are not improved by breastfeeding however there is a significant difference when it is compared with infants that consumed bottle or formula feeding. Breastfeeding is in favor of growth spurts.
- Boys vs. girls: Boys had improved growth spurts related to the duration of bouts while with girls, it is related to the number of bouts. Increased number of bouts showed better results in girls.