Sleep with hypnosis: the importance of sleep for children and their parents.

By the age of two a child should have spent approximately 14 months asleep and 10 months awake. In fact, in the very first days of life a child sleeps up to 16/17 hours a day, around 6 months 14/15 and around 13 to 2 years of life. In the first few weeks, although the baby sleeps many hours, the sleep duration is rather short (3/4 hours). In a few months, sleep-wake rhythms change : the child becomes more active during the day and sleeps for longer and longer periods at night.

The right number of hours of sleep promotes the well-being of the child (and of the parents): it contributes to the development of the nervous system and predicts the quality of the executive functions, i.e. the ability to control and monitor thoughts and actions, memory and the ability to adequate emotional regulation.

Naturally, the rhythms and quality of sleep depend on the stages of maturation of the child, on his temperament and on the presence of any medical conditions, but also on some relational and contextual dynamics on which parents can effectively intervene .

For example, with hypnosis and self-hypnosis it is possible to intervene on all problems related to sleep: difficulty falling asleep, continuous awakenings, recurring nightmares. Hypnotic interventions with children or adolescents are generally faster than those aimed at adults and are totally free of side effects . In working with children, in some cases, it is also possible to actively involve the parents who represent the most precious resource for the success of the intervention. It is also possible to intervene with the very young, creating the conditions for making your child sleep well, so that everyone in the family can be more rested and serene.

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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