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Sleep across the Generations (Part One)

We all hear about sleep recommendations, how much is enough, what factors can affect it, but one extremely critical aspect to consider is our age and what stage we are in our physical growth and development. In this article, we will begin discussing how our age affects our sleep and how it changes as we develop!

Starting at the very beginning, newborns spend most of their day asleep. Typically sleeping for 14-17 hours a day with cycles lasting 2-4 hours at a time. Their patterns are quite irregular as they frequently wake up for feeding. Infants will start developing more consistent sleeping patterns around the 4-11 month mark, where they may sleep longer during the night. This keeps up into the toddler stage where they may have one or two naps in the day, but sleep 10-12 hours at night.

As a common pattern especially as children are actively growing and developing every single day, getting lots of sleep is critical to their development. Most of the changes come with sleep patterns as children’s brains become adjusted to day/night schedules. By the time they reach 6-12 years old, their circadian rhythm will be mostly developed.

We hope you found this first part on how sleep changes as you age to be insightful and gave you a better understanding of your body! At Fox Mattress, we craft all our mattresses right here in the USA, so you know you have a premium mattress to sleep on. Give us a call or visit our Holly Hills location to learn more about our premium offerings today!

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