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Cultural Sleep Habits

Culture of Sleep

Sleep habits vary from one culture to another, from family to family. Every child has a different need for sleep. Often parents ask for the cancellation of the afternoon nap in the kindergarten and promise / hope for an improvement of the nightly sleep quality. Sleep habits are related to time management, that is, understanding when activity or rest is appropriate. Significant differences in sleeping habits can be found when comparing the Asian, Arab and Western areas.

It is called mono-sleep phases when the daily need for sleep is satisfied with only a long night's sleep (Western world, 8-hour cultures). It is also divided into two phases (Siesta cultures, eg: Spain) - and multi-phase sleep (nap cultures in Asia.) Interestingly, all three sleep cultures come to a total of about 8 hours of sleep per day the night's sleep a lot shorter.

Even with the family sleep situation, there are different constellation options. As different as the sleep rituals may be the general sleeping habits. While some families take special care to make the child feel at ease in falling asleep, children fall asleep in other family circles wherever their parents are, either on the go or at a party. Some parents swear by a children’s massage to fall asleep, others use music to bring the child to sleep. Still others rock their child to sleep. In some bedrooms it is totally dark, in others a small light shines and in the next it is as bright as possible.