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Does giving a baby an earlier bedtime help them sleep later?

Usually yes. It has to do with how many sleep cycles our bodies can fit into a night. Our bodies start to prepare us for the day around 5am REGARDLESS of when we fell asleep. We get a rush of adrenaline and our bodies start to wake up. In a way, it's like a body defense mechanism. When you don't sleep much at night, our bodies defend us by waking us up anyways to eat, play, hunt a boar, etc. If too many sleep cycles end around that time, then your baby will wake earlier instead of later. Baby Sleep cycles are between 30-45 minutes and babies typically take 3 sleep cycles past 5am. Let's see an example:

Your baby goes to bed at 8pm. Let's assume that your baby is going to sleep at 8pm now. The 45 minute sleep cycles connect at:

  • 8:45PM
  • 9:30PM
  • 10:15PM
  • 11:00PM
  • 11:45PM
  • 12:30AM
  • 1:15AM
  • 2:00AM
  • 2:45AM
  • 3:30AM
  • 4:15AM
  • 5:00AM <--1 cycle past 5am
  • 5:45AM <-- 2 cycles past 5am
  • 6:30AM <-- 3 cycles past 5am

Your baby goes to sleep at 7pm. Let's assume that your baby is going to sleep at 8pm now. The 45 minute sleep cycles connect at:

  • 7:45PM
  • 8:30PM
  • 9:15PM
  • 10:00PM
  • 10:45PM
  • 11:30PM
  • 12:15AM
  • 1:00AM
  • 1:45AM
  • 2:30AM
  • 3:15AM
  • 4:00AM
  • 4:45AM
  • 5:30AM <--1 cycle past 5 am
  • 6:15AM <-- 2 cycles past 5am
  • 7:00AM <-- 3 cycles past 5am

Now, if your baby is already going to bed fairly early, there is a limit to an earlier bedtime helping you. Or, if your baby can't connect their sleep cycles yet, bedtime changes are not going to fix it. There are a number of other reasons why early morning wakings can happen that we cover in this video lesson in our app.

What is the Lovebug App?

Our sleep training app is unique to your baby, and unique to you. It doesn't matter whether your baby is an infant or a toddler. It doesn't matter if you want to use the Ferber Method, Attachment Style Parenting or Sleep Train in a weekend.
It's time to take out the guesswork of baby sleep.
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First, you log.

When you log your baby’s activity, we keep track of over 40 metrics. Together, these metrics provide clues to underlying issues.

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Then, we analyze.

Our science-backed algorithm reviews your baby’s metrics, and identifies the causes behind sleepless nights and short naps.

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Finally… solutions!

The next morning, you will get an expert-led sleep lesson and sleep schedule that matches your current issues. Each day is unique, like you are.

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The sleep gods are definitely in your favor. You are smart, grounded, and don't want to be taken by surprise when it comes to your baby's sleep (or lack there of)!

You will shine in this first year of parenthood with a tool that gives you a solid sleep plan to execute, guiding you to great sleep from the newborn phase to the toddler years.

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The sleep gods honor those who are prepared! And, you have impressed them! Your logical, practical, and systematic approach to your baby's sleep since early on will definitely pay off.

You'll flourish with a solution that helps you keep your baby sleeping well through all of the regressions, transitions, and baby sleep curve balls thrown at you in the first years of life.

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The sleep gods know that you don't stress when things don't go exactly as planned! You are spontaneous, playful, and likely love a good nap on the go!

You'll thrive with a flexible solution that will guide you in the moment. One that will adapt and adjust to you, your baby, & your parenting style.

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The sleep gods acknowledge your strength and willingness to do anything for your baby! You wear your heart on your sleeve. You are a loyal, protective, determined, and steadfast parent.

You will thrive when given open communication to a live sleep consultant trained in all sleep methods, and a personalized plan that honors your needs and parenting style.

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