It’s a well-known fact that sleep is important to your health, whether you’re young or old. However, the value that sleep has on the younger ages; especially in babies, toddlers, school-aged kids and teens is even more so. Sleep that is inadequate, in terms of quantity and quality, can adversely affect one’s development and growth. It has also been learned that children who don’t sleep well are more likely to have issues with behavior issues, obesity, cognitive development and other serious issues.
As a parent, we certainly don’t want our children to have those issues and we do want them to have high quality, restorative sleep that benefit them (and you!) as much as possible. However, it is sometimes hard to know whether your child’s behavior is related to needing more sleep or is it their wonderful, unique personality shining through? Some signs, such as yawning or rubbing their eyes, are obvious. Other signs of tiredness? Not so much. Here are some other less well-known signs that your child could be lacking in the department of sleep.
What Can I Do?
If your child is displaying multiple signs of being tired, it would be good to re-evaluate their bedtime schedule and determine whether some changes to your child’s schedule need to be made. Some things that could be done are:
Sleep has a significant impact on one’s well-being, and it should be treated as such. Keeping an eye out for these signs of tiredness and making adjustments in your child’s routine and schedule is a great start to making sure that your child has every opportunity to get the quality sleep that they need for their growing bodies and minds.
If you recognize your child is not getting the amount of sleep that they need and you're ready for a change, contact me so we can get your little one on the path of getting the sleep that they need so they can be at their best.
I am a Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with families to help them resolve their littles' sleep issues. As a mom of two littles herself, Katie has walked in the shoes of her clients and is passionate about helping them re-discover peaceful sleeps in their own homes.