How baby sleep music affects sleep quality
A new study has found that the baby sleep musical term, baby sleep, affects sleep by a different mechanism than traditional music, which has been found to have a similar effect.
The study, published online on Monday in the journal Sleep, found that babies who were exposed to music from birth through to 6 months of age had significantly lower sleep quality scores than babies who did not have music in their bedrooms.
The babies who had music in the home also slept better and were more likely to wake up with their parents in the middle of the night, compared to babies who weren’t exposed to musical terms at all, said lead researcher Dr. Lisa Seltzer, a clinical psychologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
“When we look at a baby’s brain, it has a lot of connections between different regions of the brain, so we wanted to see if we could determine which one of those connections was the key to what we were seeing in the baby’s sleep,” Seltzer said.
“Music is a form of auditory stimulation that involves different brain areas, but it also involves certain other areas that are very important for the infant to develop and to learn, so it’s a really important part of the experience.”
In the study, Seltler and her colleagues used an online questionnaire and data from over a million baby sleepers to find the musical terms that affected the sleep quality of babies who received music at birth, whether or not they were exposed during the first six months of life to music, and how long they were awake at night.
They then looked at the sleep ratings of the babies who listened to music at home compared to those who did so only during the six-month period.
They found that exposure to musical music at both birth and 6 months resulted in lower sleep ratings and lower sleep duration.
The researchers then looked into the impact of the musical term exposure in a broader way.
The baby sleep term had a negative effect on sleep quality at 6 months, but only in the older babies.
The music exposure had a positive effect at 6 and 12 months.
When the researchers looked at all the babies, they found that for the older baby, the musical exposure had the biggest effect.
However, the older child had the lowest sleep ratings compared to the baby who wasn’t exposed at all.
The younger babies, however, were not affected by the musical genre.
The findings may help explain why music has such a strong effect on infants, said Seltzzer.
“What I found is that the music exposure seems to be a really good thing to have in terms of having babies who are in a more receptive environment,” she said.
Seltzes’ study is a preliminary study, and more studies need to be done to see whether there are specific effects associated with musical terms.
“The important thing is that babies are really able to adapt to these changes,” she added.
For more information on the research, see the article Sleep: What does music do to your baby? “
Maybe it has to do with the fact that it’s more difficult for infants to be responsive to music than it is to music in a safe environment.”
For more information on the research, see the article Sleep: What does music do to your baby?
in National Geographic.