The word physiological relates to the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions. Sleep affects many parts and functions of our bodies. As babies, our bodies are establishing physiological patterns and functions. This is why it is so important to begin healthy sleep learning and habits early on with your baby. In our previous posts, we discussed how important sleeping is for baby’s brain and for baby’s rhythms. We also want to shed light on how connected baby’s eating/digestive patterns and physical growth are connected to sleep. We have seen time and time again how sleep directly affects baby’s ability to feed well, have appropriate digestive rhythms, and gain weight.
When I, Robin, had my first baby, I would feed constantly, but my baby wasn’t gaining weight appropriately. It was a constant struggle. I also could never figure out when he was tired vs. hungry as a new mom. This is what lead me to become fascinated with infant sleep. I read pretty much every sleep book out there in my exhausted desperation, not realizing the effects of healthy sleep would be more far reaching than just me not feeling like a zombie anymore! When my son was 4 months old, I helped him learn how to sleep, and within a couple of weeks saw him start to grow and gain weight. He was taking more full feedings and feeding time wasn’t a struggle anymore. He was even having predictable bowel movements. We have seen this same story play out with many of our clients. We want to continue to help spread the word here at Sleepy Cues that it’s not just sleeping that is the goal, but all of these other bodily functions that sync up and work properly once good sleep is in place!