My Baby Won’t Sleep, and It’s Affecting His Development
In our Spotlight Series, we give the mic to people who have had unique experiences with their LED light bulbs. In today’s feature, a mother recounts her babies struggle to establish healthy sleep patterns that were affecting his development.
Rewind to six months ago and my baby won’t sleep through the night…ever. It was always two-hour intervals here and there. My husband and I would watch him through the monitor … tossing and turning, letting out those piercing cries. Then I’d cry to my husband.
We tried it all – strict sleep routines, bringing him to bed with us, different security objects, baby sleep aids, you name it. We had him checked out and, thankfully, he was 100% healthy, but we still had no answers. “Was it something we did or didn’t do?” We both started feeling guilty. “Have we failed as parents?”
We eventually decided to try the Ferber Method, which was the absolute worst. We were told it had helped train many other infants to develop unbroken sleep patterns. There’d be a whole lot of crying at first, but eventually our baby would ‘self-soothe’. He didn’t. I just counted the minutes, listening to him cry and cry… night after night.
But it wasn’t only the sleepless nights that had us worried; there were changes we saw during the day too. The first thing we noticed was our child’s dwindling attention span. He used to focus on us for minutes at a time when we’d talk to him. Suddenly, he was getting easily distracted by every little thing; turning away after a few seconds. Same thing with toys. He’d go from one to the other, like nothing interested him. He wasn’t that way before.
I know I sound like a bit of a worrywart, but we Googled it and we were right. Numerous studies showed that sleep deprivation could hamper a child’s cognitive development and attention. Luckily, further digging uncovered a possibility we never considered … light. There was substantial research showing that conventional incandescent light bulbs cannot only disrupt a baby’s ability to fall asleep but also to stay asleep. Seems that ordinary bulbs emit daytime light waves that stymie melatonin production, which can contribute to irregular sleep patterns.
I obviously couldn’t just leave the light off, though, kids need night-lights and I needed to be able to change and feed him. Fortunately, we discovered a more practical solution: biologically-corrected LED light bulbs. They are designed to emit less daytime light and can help stimulate a deeper, more restful sleep. We decided to give it a whirl when we found what had to be the perfect LED bulb — the Sleepy Baby Nursery Light from Lighting Science.
Did it work? Well, it’s not magic, but it did help. Slowly but surely he started sleeping more and more. During the day, he’s more alert and focused again. So, I guess you could say that LED light bulb did the trick. We definitely recommend Sleepy Baby to any parents, even the ones who aren’t going through the ordeal we experienced.