We were all there, the 1am/3am/5am yelp from the other room the eventually turns into a wail, then a piercing scream for the ear. Fear not, red eyes, exhausted dad, all is all right, you are only raising a genius. Scientists have believed that babies who need less sleep end up being smarter as gifted children need less eye for match. Professor Peter Flemminng, a University of Bristol expert in child health and growth, told Buzzfeed News that there is a correlation between very high rates of developmental and academic achievement and not sleeping all night.
Human infants are not meant to sleep for long periods, it’s not good for them and there’s absolutely no evidence that there’s any benefit to anyone from having a child that sleeps longer and consistently,he reveals. Perhaps this is not what most parents want to hear. He says sleeping during the night is a very common idea and most babies would continue to sleep during the day, and most likely to be up from 6 pm to 12 am.
In fact, biologically that is a major benefit, as at that time of the day they will have more focus from their two primary caregivers than from any other because there are less distractions, he reveals. What the baby is doing from a biological point of view is perfectly natural and sensible. It really doesn’t match in with our aspirations for the 21st century. Just and much as we would love a genius, for a few extra hours, most parents would take happy and safe eye shut.
Yet here’s one for mammy frustration. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that, relative to when they slept before they were pregnant, mothers sleep an average of an hour less a day for the first three months after having a child. Dads, by comparison, lose just 15 minutes of sleep relative to what they had before.
Dr.SakariLemola of the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology commented: Women continue to experience more sleep disturbance than men after the birth of a child, suggesting that mothers are much more likely to be the primary caregiver than fathers. We can’t win but they can take care of us at least when they’re grown up geniuses!