Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
The Sleep Wheel: Sleep as a Twenty-Four-Hour Cycle (#1 of 2)
October 9, 2023

Found in age groups

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: 
A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep

Buy now

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: 
Chapter 1 (only 16 pages!) outlines everything you need to know about your child's sleep.

Buy now


A Healthy Child Needs a Healthy Brain, A Healthy Brain Needs Healthy Sleep

If you have not already done so, please read Blog Posts 1 through 5 that describe how sleep is important and beneficial. I will post specific information for parents and children based on my book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.” Please do not be put off by my book’s length. This is a reference book. Read only the topic of interest to you.

Blog 152The Sleep Wheel: Sleep as a Twenty-Four-Hour Cycle (#1 of 2)

Imagine an upright wheel slowly rotating to make a complete revolution every twenty-four hours. It looks like a Ferris wheel, but I call it a Sleep Wheel. The Sleep Wheel illustrates how your child’s sleep is not made up of independent, isolated parts but instead is composed of different but related parts.

The Sleep Wheel is driven by a giant engine, perhaps the largest motor you can imagine: the rotation of the earth on its axis. As the earth rotates, it creates alternating periods of light and darkness. This alternation of daytime and nighttime creates the circadian sleep rhythm (Blog Post 112).  You have no control over the speed of the Sleep Wheel. It turns round and round no matter what you do as a parent.

However, as a parent, you can build the spokes that radiate from the center to the rim and create the structural integrity of the wheel. There are four spokes of the Sleep Wheel that support the rim:

1. Start early, think of healthy sleep as nourishment for the developing brain.  The brain is the only organ in the body that has an absolute need for sleep (Blog Post 148).

2. Many hands (get Dad and others on board).

3. After a bedtime routine, put your child down while drowsy but still awake, and leave the room.

4.  Many naps (no cumulative sleepiness, no second wind).

These spokes support the structure because they allow your baby to begin to learn self-soothing. If the spokes are strong, your child will have a smooth ride as the wheel turns round. If the spokes are weak, the rim will wobble in the wind. If some spokes are missing or there are no spokes at all, the rim will bend or collapse altogether.

(To be continued)

Add comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related blogs

These blogs are related or mentioned in this blog.
Blog 1
  | November 13, 2020

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

Sleep is the critical requirement for brain health and function. Sleep readiness is the ability to recognize and implement sleep principles and behaviors to support optimal brain function. In turn, sleep readiness underpins a Soldier’s ability to accomplish the mission, and continue to fight and win.
Read full post
Blog 2
  | November 21, 2020
 | No Comments

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

Cognitive ability and readiness vary as a direct function of the amount of sleep obtained. The more sleep Soldiers [Children] get, the greater their mental acuity, with faster response times, fewer errors, and fewer lapses in attention.
Read full post
Blog 3
  | November 30, 2020
 | No Comments

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

Like the rest of the body (for example, muscles, skin, and liver), the brain has physiological needs for food, water, and oxygen-basic needs that must be met not only to ensure proper brain functioning, but to sustain life itself. However, unlike the rest of the body, the brain has one additional physiological need: sleep.
Read full post
Blog 4
  | December 7, 2020

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

Good sleep is essential for optimal performance and readiness [Personal best]. Factors to consider when optimizing sleep duration and continuity include: the sleep environment, a pre-sleep routine, and a sleep schedule that conforms as closely as possible to the brain’s natural circadian rhythm of alertness.
Read full post
Blog 5
  | December 14, 2020
 | No Comments

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

While good leadership [Parenting] is essential for a wide range of unit [Family] outcomes, leadership behaviors that target sleep can improve the sleep habits of unit members [Children] and the unit’s overall sleep culture.
Read full post
Blog 112
  | January 2, 2023

What is a Circadian Sleep Rhythm?

Every morning, around 4-5am, our core body temperature is at its lowest.  Our temperature rises during the day and reaches a maximum in the early evening around 6-8pm.  Afterwards, our temperature decreases. This temperature fluctuation occurs in all humans and is not affected by feeding, rest-activity, light-dark cycles or sleep-wake schedules.  Internal clock genes in the brain cause this automatic cycling of temperature over about a 24-hour period and it is an example of a circadian rhythm.  The temperature circadian rhythm appears in babies around two months of age.
Read full post
Blog 148
  | September 11, 2023
 | No Comments

Brain Damage & Brain Health (1 of 4)

Different Organs Face Different Challenges, Have Different Vulnerabilities and Different Resiliencies
Read full post

Stay updated with new blog posts

Get access to free lullabies when signing up!
Get notified when new blogs are posted
Notify me
About Marc
The first month
The second month
Months 3-4
Months 4-12
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram