Baby Massage may help your baby to sleep......research by a team at the University of Warwick, England says that massage may help infants aged under six months sleep better, cry less and be less stressed. They found that various studies showed a range of significant results including indications that infants who were massaged cried less, slept better, and had lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol compared to infants who did not receive massage. One of the studies examined also claimed that massage could affect the release of the hormone melatonin, "which is important in aiding infants' sleeping patterns,". Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep–wake cycle. It is primarily released by the pineal gland.
Research suggests that massaging your baby regularly may help get their circadian rhythm on track, meaning they'll sleep more at night.
The studies mainly involved infant massage by parents who were trained by health professionals in appropriate technique.
Parents who wish to massage their babies can learn how to do this at locally run classes such as with the classes I teach - Byron Baby Massage.
Accredited to: University of Warwick. "Research Says Massage May Help Infants Sleep More, Cry Less And Be Less Stressed." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 November 2006.