Is an empty Stomach = Frequent night awakenings?
On one of my clinic visits a parent poised this question, He hardly eats . He frequently wakes up at night . I think he is too attached”.
My question: “ What do you do when he wakes up ?”She replied :” I go in and get him into my bed and give him milk . I let him cuddle with me and then he sleeps”.
Is this you??
Yes, you… reading it.
All is fine if the child is at a safe age for co sleeping and is not kicking you in your back and stomach and in the process waking you up frequently.
If he is a straight sleeper am happy for you .But if he is not then read below for the next 90 seconds.
Are you getting your restful sleep important for recovery . Did you know that chronic subtle sleep deprivation leads to diabetes, hypertension and adrenal issues, increased hunger hormones and hair loss?
Did you know that night feedings lead to tooth issues and attention issues in toddlers?
Can you wake up in the night, go to the fridge get a snack and then sleep restfully. If you are doing that to consume 20 % or greater of your total calories then you are a night eater and you need to change before your health tumbles down .
Your child need not be a night feeder unless he is less than 6-8 months of age.
A full stomach causes reflex and your child ‘s reticular endothelial system ( technical name for habit forming site in the brain) has learnt to eat when he wakes up . This is not real hunger unless he is drinking 8 oz of milk and a snack when he wakes up . If he is, then either increase calories during day time, if nutrition in daytime is insufficient or reduce the quantity and density of snacks/feeds during the awakening gradually .
FIRST start by reducing the amount of feeding during night awakenings. THEN address how you would handle the night awakening location change or activity you have indulged him in ( i.e. rocking , swinging , etc.).
Aka full stomach is NOT equivalent to a restful sleep.