Behavioral Sleep Problems In Babies

Behavioral sleep problems in babies


As a caring mom, you would obviously be bothered about every aspect of your child’s health, growth and well being. A Good sound sleep can make your baby grow fast and is conducive to the general healthiness of your babe. So you need to make sure indeed that your baby is sleeping deep and sound. Often it happens that babies suffer from different sorts of behavioral sleep problems which could affect the quality of their sleep or disrupt their sound sleep. If you want your babe to sleep well, you must, in the first place gain a thorough knowledge of the different sorts of behavioral sleep problems that your baby might fall prey to. Research says that colicky babies, those that have feeding problems too, often have behavioral sleep problems



I have tried to list some of the major behavioral sleep problems commonly found in babies. Read on to gain a better understanding of the subject.

  • Snorting could be a common behavioral sleep problem for babies. Snorting or snoring might disturb his/her sleep. Often it happens in case of babies especially when they are suffering from cough and cold. You might use a humidifier or vaporizer to give him some relief.
  • Periodic Breathing is another behavioral sleep problem which you might notice in your baby when he or she is sleeping. Your baby’s breathing pattern may follow an irregular rhythm; i.e. rapid breathing, then a drop in the speed followed by a pause of 12-15 seconds. Though this could be sleep disruptive yet there is nothing much to worry. But if it continues beyond 6 months of your babe’s age, you must see a pediatrician. She/he might not be getting enough oxygen supply to her lungs and it could indeed lead to a major problem in future. One indication of this however could be your baby’s tongue, lips, trunk, forehead acquiring a bluish hue
  • Insufficient sleep or awaking amid sleep is often noticed in many babies and this is perhaps the commonest behavioral sleep problem. You have to monitor your child’s sleeping habits and keep him/her awake at daytime so that he can sleep thoroughly at night
  • RLS or the Restless Leg Syndrome is one sleep disruptive behavioral problem many babies suffer from. Restless crawling or creeping movement of legs and random restless movement of hands as well is what characterizes RLS. This is basically a neurological problem
  • Teeth grinding is one behavioral sleep disorder that babies develop mostly around 6 months of age when the teething occurs. The discomfort of teething perhaps is the cause of this disorder. Also earache or allergies might lead to teeth grinding behavioral sleep disorder in babies
  • Bedwetting is also one common behavioral sleep problem in babies and might continue even after they have crossed the infant years. The causes could be emotional stress, allergy and infection. The discomfort due to bedwetting obviously disrupts sleep.
  • Head banging is one behavioral sleep problem which you might notice in your babe. So what you need to do is put plush blankets, soft cushions and pillows bordering the edges of her/his cradle so that your little one is not hurt.
  • Some general tips to help you manage your baby’s behavioral sleep disorders to some extent:

  • Don’t over-stimulate your baby before putting him/her to sleep. Often parents indulge in playing with their babe prior to bedtime. Your over-animated interactions with your baby will have a negative impact on his/her sleep
  • Try to keep your baby exposed to bright natural sunlight during daytime and when it’s time for sleep at night, create a congenial ambience by darkening the room, putting out the artificial lights. The internal or biological clock of your babe in other words should be in perfect sync with 24 hrs natural day. Then only your baby can sleep soundly at night and all behavioral problems will disappear
  • Try to notice the signs of your baby’s sleepiness and put your babe to sleep when your babe is actually sleepy. Forcing kids to sleep too early might aggravate their behavioral sleep problems
  • So these are some vital facts about behavioral sleep problems in babies.

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