Newborn sleeping patterns: A guide for new mothers

Newborns can generally sleep anywhere between 16 and 17 hours a day. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 November 2019

Newborn sleeping patterns: A guide for new mothers

DUBAI: One of the first things that experienced parents warn you about before you welcome your bundle of joy into the world is about how little sleep you will get during that first few months. You have probably heard people say “get your sleep while you can”, which seems easier said than done when you are so big and uncomfortable while waiting to give birth. This is both true and not really so accurate. It is usually not the amount of sleep that babies get that is the issue, rather how regularly they wake up.

Newborns sleep a lot. They can generally sleep anywhere between 16 and 17 hours a day. However, they will only sleep for about 2 to 4 hours at a time before waking up needing food and diaper changes as well as just spending time with you. The reason for this is because the REM cycle of a newborn is a lot shorter than an adult’s sleep cycle. This short cycle is believed to be a necessity for the rapid and extraordinary development that is going on in their brain.

The good news for you is that your newborn will eventually start sleeping more at around 4 months. This may seem like forever when you realize that you spend as much time watching infomercials as you do watching regular television shows. There are some things that you can do during this time to help both you and your child survive.




Newborns will eventually start sleeping more at around 4 months. (Shutterstock)

Teaching the beginnings of a healthy sleep pattern

You will need to teach your infant that there is a difference between day and night. When he is wide awake during the daytime, you should play with your child and interact with them while keeping the house as bright as possible. At night-time, you will want to avoid play time and instead do calming activities with your child like quietly reading. When they do wake up at night, comfort them, feed them and change them but avoid playing with them. That will begin to teach your baby that daytime is for playing and night-time is for quiet and sleeping.

You should not keep your child up too long during this time. If you wait longer than a couple hours at a time to put your baby to bed, they will become overtired and fussy. This will make putting them to sleep an almost impossible task that will only frustrate both you and your baby. You can also start putting your child to bed when they are sleepy but awake at around 6 weeks. This will help to establish an excellent sleeping habit of going to sleep on their own.

How to survive newborn sleep patterns

You can sleep whenever your child does, even if this seems like odd hours to you. Raising children is tiring work and you will need to keep up your energy by getting as much sleep as you can. The dishes can wait, and accept any help that is offered to you. You will be thankful when grandma wants to come and visit and lets you take a nap while she smothers your child with love and attention. 

This article was first published on babyarabia.com.  


Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Updated 12 November 2019

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

  • ‘The first double lung transplant in the world for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping’
  • More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults

DETROIT: Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.
No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping.
The team of medical experts that performed the procedure believes it is “the first double lung transplant in the world for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping,” the health system said in a news release Monday.
“It would be nice if it’s the last — if the epidemic of acute lung injury can be brought under control,” said Dr. David Christiani at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Christiani said he’s not sure if the number of double lung transplants due to vaping illnesses will increase. He said factors include the availability of donor lungs and the chronic effects of illnesses from vaping that could lead to other types of conditions.
More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.
“We’ve certainly seen people who are very sick with this,” said Dr. Denitza Blagev, a pulmonologist at Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City. “I’m not aware (of any other double lung transplants) and 100 percent certain none of the patients in our system have had a lung transplant from e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury.”
Christiani and Blagev were not involved in the Detroit transplant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced a breakthrough into the cause of a vaping illness outbreak, identifying the chemical compound vitamin E acetate as a “very strong culprit” after finding it in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients. Vitamin E acetate previously was found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many who got sick and only recently has been used as a vaping fluid thickener.
Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana, with many saying they received them from friends or bought them on the black market.
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices heat a liquid into an inhalable vapor. Most products contained nicotine, but THC vaping has been growing more common.
Some states have enacted bans or are considering bans on some vaping products.
Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency ban on vaping products in September in response to the lung illnesses.
In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also in September ordered the issuance of emergency rules banning flavored electronic cigarettes after her chief medical executive found that youth vaping is a public health emergency. Whitmer has accused the makers of using candy flavors and deceptive ads to hook children.
A Michigan Court of Claims judge last month issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the state’s ban.
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AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson contributed from Seattle.