|This person feels that there is solid research out there showing the connection between pro-longed co-sleeping (babe is over six months) and chronic sleep disorders both in childhood and adulthood. Please, anyone who knows where the research was done and where I can read about it, pass it along. Thanks mamas!|
Originally Posted by thirtycats
I think you have to look at what people are referring to when they say "sleep disorders."
Many people believe that babies should be sleeping through the night at 6 months old. They believe after that age, we should all have 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. So, co-sleeping DOES prevent babies from sleeping through the night.
It's not a disorder. It's just abnormal in terms of our culture.
I'd be interested to know what they see in older children, teens, and adults who co-sleep. If they have sleep disorders, what exactly are these disorders? Nightmares? Insomnia?
Originally Posted by Marsupialmom
I think you also might want to read The New Yorker Nov 8, 1999 If I remember correctly Ferber recants his views on family beds. I think quoting this might back your possition. Esspcially since sleep disorders is Ferber's field.