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SUNLIGHT & SLEEP




Such a great topic.... one I love because who doesn’t love being outside on a sunny day?


But how does it benefit sleep for our little ones?





✅ Sunlight aids in the production of a beautiful little happy hormone called Seratonin. This hormone boosts feelings of happiness, calmness and security and helps regulate sleep and digestion in babies.


✅ Sunlight helps regulate the production of melatonin - melatonin is our sleepy hormone


✅ Sunlight/natural helps newborns regulate their circadian rhythm. Exposure to natural light during the day in those early weeks can help baby start to know the difference between day and night.


✅ Exposure to natural light/sunlight tells us we are meant to be awake - it alerts our body it is up time.


✅ Also one of the big things is as baby gets older, being outside also sees babies become more active, which means they are then tired enough to sleep well!


✅ Natural light/sunlight also means it is helping our body produce vitamin D. Being deficient in Vitamin D can actually lead to sleep disturbances, poor sleep quality.


So what might my recommendations be?

  • When your baby wakes to start the day, and after they’ve taken great naps, throw open their blinds, take then into a beautifully lit room - this is going to let their body know their awake time has started.

  • In the later afternoon - take them outside for some beautiful fresh air, a play (activity) and expose them to natural light. This is going to benefit your babies bedtime, particularly if their bedroom is PITCH BLACK for their sleeps.

  • For the first 6 weeks, you MAY have your baby take their naps in a well lit room to help rectify any day/night confusion.


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