After having an exciting day, all that you need is some good night’s sleep. You want to wake up the next morning energized and ready for the events. No matter the duties that await you, You want energy enough to take you through.
However, there are times when your little one will not let you enjoy your peace. For reasons that are a mystery to you, your toddler will be very active during their hours of sleep. Now that is never a warm message to you as a parent. Some parents will give their toddlers some medications whose side effects include sleep. However, that is too extreme. So, what do you do as a parent?
We understand how hard it is to keep sleeping late and wake up early over and again. That is why in this article, we are going to tell you why your toddler gets wound up at night. Since all the information avails nothing without a solution to the problem, we also tell you what to do.
Today could be the beginning of your sweet nights, so you want to relax and take notes. Now let’s have this conversation going.
Toddlers and Sleep
When your toddler sleeps early during the night, it is not only for your peace of mind. Sleep is beneficial for the development of the brain of your toddler. As is the case with adults, sleep also helps heal the body’s damaged tissues.
When your toddler gets wound up at night, it is hard for them to sleep on time. Therefore you end up putting them to sleep later during the night. The toddler then sleeps for some hours and wakes up late in the morning. Have you noticed that since your toddler began this trend, he wakes up a little bit tired?
Why Your Toddler Gets Wound up at Night
Why do toddlers hate something that they know is helpful to them? Before we answer that question, you should know that it’s not intentional. Your toddler does not suddenly decide not to sleep. Since we have now established that, let us look at the reasons.
Your child could be excited. When your toddler is excited, sleep is at the bottom of their priority list. The excitement could result from anything sugary. It could also result from watching a movie. That is because the brain does not switch back to normal instantly. It takes time for the brain waves to adjust.
Your child is restless. While some toddlers have no problem sleeping with the lights on, some find it difficult. External or internal loud noises are also a problem. Teething makes toddlers restless too.
Nightmares. Toddlers also have something to fear. It could be thunder on a rainy night or the neighbor’s dog.
Some tips can help you get your toddler to sleep better. Your baby’s health depends upon him getting quality sleep; so is your health. Before that, let us look at the dangers inadequate sleep poses on your child.
Dangers of Inadequate Sleep in Toddlers
These dangers can cut across to people of all ages. However, it is crucial to avert these dangers early to ensure your child grows top optimal health. One’s mental health is at stake whenever one gets less sleep. Being irritable, stressed, and forgetful is common. Who would want to bear up with an easily irritated child?
You also notice that your child lacks the motivation to perform daily. Their ability to learn gets low. For this reason, always ensure that your toddler gets 10-13 hours of sleep throughout the day. This recommendation is per the Canadian Paediatric Society’s general guidelines.
How to Ensure Your Toddler Gets Quality Sleep
It would be best if you stuck to a routine. Establish a consistent sleeping and waking time. Your child’s nap time should be quite early to avoid interfering with night sleep. There are special occasions that may not allow you to stick to the routine. It may be on a trip. Only strive to resume your schedule as soon as you can.
You should avoid feeding your baby late in the night. It could be a snack or a drink. With a calm environment, a silent and dark bedroom, you can set the child’s mood to sleep. If they are afraid of the dark, you can dim the lights. Soft music in the background is helpful. For television or any screen, shun it completely.
As a toddler, you also teach your child how to be independent. For this reason, you can tuck them in bed while they are sleepy. As you do this, the child will learn to fall asleep on his own. It would take a lot of patience, mainly if the child were already used to sleeping with you.
Let’s Have a Recap
When your toddler sleeps through the night, it offers you some peace of mind. It ensures the child’s health. Excitement, fear, and nightmares are some things that will make your toddler restless at night. Focusing on having a routine and clearing all distractions are helpful in this situation.
As a result, you may give your child up to 13 hours of sleep as recommended. You will thus help your child have a healthy growth and development. You will also preserve your peace of mind.