Evidence & Practice
Understanding the physiology of sleep and promoting effective routines with infants in hospital and at home
Doreen Crawford nurse adviser, Crawford McKenzie, Lincolnshire, England
Sleep is a biological necessity. Infants are unique individuals and what can be regarded as normal for one infant and his or her family may be considered a problem for another. Genetics, lifestyles, roles and responsibilities all influence sleep. This article explores the physiology of infant sleep and reviews how sleep is influenced by culture, events such as a hospital admission and parenting styles. It considers how the children's nurse can help and support a family who may feel that they have infant sleep-related issues. A good sleep pattern is essential for a child to succeed at school, reach their full potential and maintain their health and well-being.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e895Correspondence
Received: 02 December 2016
Accepted: 28 February 2017
Published online: 26 April 2017