Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long should it take for my child to fall asleep?
On average 20 minutes is considered to be within the normal range for falling asleep.
When your baby or toddler feels anxious and overtired settling can take hours. This results in less time sleeping and often frequent waking and catnapping.
NNSH initiates a dopamine response - a brain chemical – which plays a major role in reward-motivated behaviour and pleasure. This enables relaxation to occur and sleep comes faster.
Once sleep time begins to increase less waking overnight occurs and cat napping lessens.
2. I have a routine but it doesn’t seem to make any difference to helping my baby or toddler fall asleep, quickly and easily.
Routine is important in helping your child establish a sense of what is expected and what is coming. Often routines fail to work because they are simply too long, too complicated or commence too late in the settling process.
Nnsh is designed to assist your routine through keeping bedtimes a happy and positive experience using sleepy Head TED and following with the nnsh Cd that helps you re-connect with your child’s through our unique lullaby lyric to deeper states of relaxation to work toward sleep independence.
3. I’ve tried everything including music and it doesn’t work. How will NNSH be any different?
Other sleep music has frequent song changes or is over stimulating either vocally or musically. Our cd is unique because it provides a combination of lyric and instrumental that nourishes brain cells, supports bonding between child and parent and helps your baby and toddler to become less anxious. Repetition of melody is apparent during the instrumental phase which assists with relaxation and deeper sleep.
4. Is music better than white noise?
Absolutely YES! Our brain is very responsive to melody and research shows music elicits complete brain responsiveness. Hearing music and singing also releases Dopamine – a neurotransmitter that not only acts to help us feel good but is linked to motivation and reinforcement.
Music stimulates nerve cell connections unlike white noise which is too boring for the brain to process. White noise can be useful in masking other sounds heard but rarely works with older babies and children.
5. How long will it take for my baby to sleep with nnsh?
The earlier you begin the less sleep issues you will encounter. We suggest you use NNSH before sleep becomes an issue. Babies have been shown to have a mental leap around every month for the first 6 months which can affect sleep.
Chronic sleep issues can take up to 3-6 weeks to sort as babies need to re-pattern their learnt behaviours. We find many parents will see immediate results with their baby or toddler seeming calmer and less anxious. This is the precursor state of being for sleep to happen easily.
6. My 9 month old wakes more than when he was a newborn and only feeds to sleep. I feel exhausted and it is affecting my relationship with my baby and partner.
The physical and mental leap combined with separation anxiety that occurs around 9 months of age is by far the time most reported by parents when sleep changes for the worse and potentiates long term sleep issues into toddlerhood.
Babies of this age require a lot of support and reassurance. We know the combination of Sleepy Head TED and the NNSH Cd gives them the confidence and ability to learn how to self settle anxiety free, when they become relaxed and feel emotionally ready to sleep independently.
7. Can I prevent sleep issues from occurring if I have another baby?
Parents that have had a child that has had months and years of not sleeping have a lot of trauma and anxiety about having another baby and potentially going through long term sleep deprivation again. Research clearly shows using the right kind of music with lullaby can impact on your babies ability to sleep better after birth if repeated exposure to the same music occurs before birth.
NNSH has proven results for calming unborn babies and helping babies settle and sleep with less fussiness from the moment they are born.
8. I let my toddler choose when he wants to sleep as he then falls asleep faster and it’s less stressful. He is the kind of kid that ‘bounces off the walls’ with loads of energy.
This settling pattern usually causes irregularity of bedtimes as each sleeptime is different every day. Research show irregular bedtimes produces the same feelings of exhaustion as does jet lag. It is very common for young children to become highly energetic when overtired.
This is due to hormones that are released like cortisol and adrenaline which are produced from stress and enable the body to act in a ‘fight or flight’ survival mode.
NNSH can take away the stress associated with implementing a regular and set sleep routine. Imagine your toddler being sound asleep by 7:30 pm, sleeping through and waking refreshed!