training to sleep at night

Training Your Baby To Sleep

Sleep Training Your Baby Now

It’s not an uncommon happening: a desperate parent with dark circles under their eyes Google-ing “sleep training” in the aftermath of an awful night of interrupted sleep. Sleep is important for your health and the health of your baby. Sleep Training  is restorative and strengthening our bodies and minds. The vital mental processing of the day’s events, growth of muscles, and repairing of tissue happens while we sleep. It’s wonderful to get a good night’s sleep. It’s worth some time and effort to set the stage for good sleep.

Home is a training ground for children to become independent adults. As parents, we help our babies to adapt to life here on earth. This is a slow and integrated acclimatization process. While in the womb a baby’s circadian rhythm, her regular cycles of sleepiness and alertness, are connected to her mother’s hormones. Babies usually establish their own rhythm between 3-4 months. Throughout childhood, a caregiver’s help is needed to set the stage for a healthy rhythm. Holistic sleep training begins by examining what happens during waking hours.

A healthy rhythm can be encouraged with the following:

– During the day, make sure your child has exposure to natural light and fresh air. This will help establish their inner clock, an awareness of daytime and nighttime. As your child gets older, make sure she has ample time to play outdoors. Movement and lively activity will ready her for sleep.

– One thing leads to another. Maintain similar mealtimes, naptimes, and sleep times each day. Make sure daily routines are child-inclusive, rather than centered on your child. Your needs as a parent are also important.

– Designate a specific area for sleep. Your child will recognize that when in this space it is time to sleep and will feel comfortable and safe doing so. Make sure the area is clear of toys and over-stimulating distractions.

– Slow down your evenings. After dinner start rituals that signal bedtime. At first the ritual will be simple: A newborn has a diaper change, feeds, and is tucked in. As your child nears a nine-months and a feed no longer lulls them to sleep, a ritual may start to include a calming bath, singing a lullaby or playing calming music, a little prayer or rhythmic verse, and a bedtime story.

– Try allowing your house to darken with the setting of the sun. Use candles to light your home until your child sleeps. Exposure to electric lights, especially the blue light of electronic screens and some LED or fluorescent lights, interrupts circadian rhythms.

Even after your child has developed a healthy sleep rhythm regression often happens. Sleep regression may occur during shifts in physical development, such as teething and growth spurts, as well as shifts in intellectual development, such as increasing awareness of their surroundings. Pay attention to your child. Changes in your child’s waking behavior will indicate whether the interruption to her rhythm must be dealt with by the old adage: This too shall pass. Or if it calls for a shift in routine or habit, such as dropping a daytime nap or ditching a pacifier.

How Does The Strip Method of Hair Transplant Work in Singapore?

The Strip Method of Hair Transplant in Singapore

The strip method of hair transplant is one of the most popular in the world and is widely practiced by doctors in Singapore.

In both men and women with hair loss, most of the lost hair is on the top of the head, where hormones, notably testosterone (and women have testosterone too) mixes in the hair follicles with Dihydrotestosterone (DHT,) another hormone associated with testosterone, and the DHT causes the hair loss.

The reason people tend to lose hair on the top of their head but not the back of their head and neck is DHT is much less present in those follicles, so the hair in those areas remains vital and healthy, well into men and women’s 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

Using the strip method, as opposed to the fue method found on or also called the Fuss hair transplant method ( Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) an entire strip of hair is removed from the back of the head, separated into small units of 4 to 6 hairs, and then implanted into the scalp using a forceps.

The Fuss hair transplant or strip method takes up to 10 hours to implant the hairs once the hairs have been harvested and processed so you need to have patience just to get through the procedure, but people should know the strip method or any other hair transplant method out there doesn’t transform you into looking like a Hollywood Celebrity the minute you get out of the chair.

The hair grows slowly, about 1.3 centimeters per month, and typically it takes 3 to 6 months before the hair is even visible. Then it might take another year to 18 months or so before you really can see significant results that both you and your friends and loved ones will notice.

How much will it cost?

Plan on $5,000 plus incidental expenses like plane tickets, hotel bills and food if you go to Singapore, which thousands of people do every year. However, if you plan on having a strip method transplant in either the U.S. or the UK, plan on at least double that amount.

Also, ask your doctor realistically about the results to expect and whether you might need another transplant in your future. Many people wait way too long for strip method transplants, and therefore have to have dual procedures.

Does it hurt?

Patients who have it done say it stings a little, but are surprised at how little pain they actually feel when having a strip method hair transplant.

Post-surgery you’ll typically want to rest for at least 3 or 4 days before going back to work, and avoid strenuous activity like running, going to the gym, or perhaps even sex for around 7 to 10 days.

Will my insurance cover it?

Unfortunately, unless you’ve had a major medical procedure such as chemotherapy which caused your hair to fall out, the vast majority of insurance plans don’t cover it as it is seen like breast implants, nose jobs, and tummy tucks as merely cosmetic.

Should I be cautious of who does a strip method transplant?

Absolutely. There are great doctors everywhere including Singapore, but there are also clinics the advertise “medically designed” or other subtle methods in which a doctor is not present at all, and numbing anesthetics are being given by people with no medical training whatsoever. Always check carefully the credentials of the people doing your strip transplant.