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5 Sleep Myths Busted

We asked the specialists what’s true and what’s not.

by Anna Dixon | Tue, June 20, 2017

"Don't sit with your back to the fire, you'll get nauseaus."

"Take your coat off inside or else you won't feel the benefit outside."

"Eating cheese before bed will give you nightmares."

There may be some truth to the wives tales we’re told growing up, but a lot of these funny old sayings don’t have any more truth to them than the bedtime stories we read to our kids. There seems to be a lot of myths floating around when it comes to sleep as well, so we asked our specialists what’s true and what’s not.

1. If your child wakes up early, push their bedtime back

This is NOT TRUE. If your child wakes early every day, you should actually bring the bedtime forward by 20 – 30 minutes. So if you start the bedtime routine at 7pm, bring it forward to 6:30pm. You may well be pleasantly surprised by the results!

2. Get them used to day and night by keeping their room light during nap time

This is not necessary! A blackout blind can help children get a good long nap in (up to 2.5 hours if you're lucky) and have no adverse affect on their ability to decipher day from night.

3. The baby needs total quiet to sleep

MYTH. Yes if you go into the nursery banging a drum, chances are your baby will wake up. But background noise in the nursery and around the house should not affect your baby’s ability to sleep. In fact a fan or air purifier can actually help your baby sleep more soundly as they were so used to white noise in utero.

4. Babies should sleep through the night at six months

Not true. In fact research shows us that at nine months old, 58 percent of babies still wake a lot at night.  

5. Feeding or rocking your baby to sleep is a bad habit you need to break

As discussed earlier, this isn’t true. Babies fall asleep while breastfeeding – they are meant to do that. It’s nature. The minute they latch on, you can see their eyes start to roll. So why not comfort them at night with a feed? The same goes for rocking and swaying – it’s comforting and a brilliant sleep inducer. It's something that your baby will naturally outgrow. You don’t need to be breastfed or rocked to sleep now, do you?