Monday, February 2, 2009

Damnit, I knew it.

Guess who probably would've been a GREAT sleeper, if only she'd been born about fifteen years ago???


I knew it, I knew it, I knew it.

She was fussing like crazy, so I figured, eh, we'll do some tummy time. She fussed for a minute, passed out cold, and has been asleep ever since, including getting herself back to sleep after two hard-core startles.

Unfortunately, Grace lives in the age of SIDS research, so instead of sleeping like that all the time, she only gets to nap like that with her mother at her side, watching her like a hawk, and spends a lot of time tired and pissed off.

Poor thing.


Eric said...

I do believe doctors have ruined sleep for millions of newborns with the reaction to SIDS. Have they done research about the costs, emotional and physical of such a policy?

Crabby Apple Seed: said...

I know! Now that they know ceiling fans also help prevent SIDS by circulating carbon dioxide, I wish they could do studies to see if stomach sleeping is okay with a ceiling fan. My college roommate put two of her kids to sleep on their stomachs, because she figured, well, every other kid I knew survived stomach sleeping (also I think that's easier to do when you have five kids). If I were that brave...but I'm not.

TSC said...

Anyway, I'm surfing the Net doing research on SIDS and came across your website. Pacifiers and Back Sleep are believed to prevent SIDS by preventing babies from getting Slow Wave Sleep. But, Slow Wave Sleep is when memories are formed and learning takes place so that's a huge negative trafeoff. Personally, I would never put a child to sleep on it's back so I obviously do not agree with the mainstream which I think is wrong. Also, the SIDS statistics seem to be useless since no one knows if SIDS has actually gone down or if it's just "code shifting" for political reasons. Please read the quote below by Dr. Raphael Pelayo of Standford and check out my blog:

"physiologic studies demonstrate that infants who sleep
supine have decreased sleep duration, decreased non-
REM sleep, and increased arousals; this effect peaks at
2 to 3 months of age and is not evident at 5 to 6 months
of age, thus coinciding with the peak incidence for
SIDS at 2 to 4 months of age. The SIDS risk-reduction
strategy of supine sleep will result in a lower arousal
threshold and a reduction in quiet sleep."

U.S. SIDS Task Force

"The potential implications of a SIDS risk-reduction strategy
that is based on a combination of maintaining a low
arousal threshold and reducing quiet (equivalent to
slow-wave sleep) in infants must be considered. Because
SWS is considered the most restorative form
of sleep and is believed to have a significant role in
neurocognitive processes and learning, as well as in
growth, what might be the neurodevelopmental consequences
of chronically reducing deep sleep in the first
critical 12 months of life?"

Dr. Raphael Pelayo