Understanding the physiology of sleep and promoting effective routines with infants in hospital and at home
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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.

Correspondence doreen@crawfordmckenzie.co.uk

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 4,36-44. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e895

Received: 02 December 2016

Accepted: 28 February 2017

Published in print: 09 May 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared