Overtiredness.. and why is it so important to avoid it!
Overtiredness is something we always want to try and avoid in children. It looks like hyperactivity, not the same symptoms as we would see in an adult. They tend to look/feel wired, manic and giddy.
When a child is awake longer than they should be, their bodies go into what I call “survival mode”. They start producing hormones to help them stay awake, therefore working against them when trying to fall asleep. Getting a child to bed before overtiredness sets in is important, and allows for good quality sleep. When they become overtired it makes it harder for them to settle down and fall asleep. Not only is it not very pleasant for them…dealing with an overtired child is definitely not on my fun list of things to do!?
Now when sleep finally does come, it also tends to be more restless. Causing some tossing and turning and sometimes even more night time wakings. As I’m sure most of you know, going to bed late doesn’t mean anyone gets to sleep in the next morning! Meaning the child is also missing out on much needed hrs of sleep.
“Junk food is bad for the body, junk sleep is bad for the brain!”
Pick a general bedtime somewhere between 6-8 p.m. Based on the last nap of the day and your child’s age. Bedtimes don’t always have to be set in stone. You can always move bedtime earlier if your child seems tired and cranky. However if at all possible always avoid going later.
If you feel like your child may not be getting enough sleep, I’d love to chat! Schedule your free no obligation 15 min call with me to get some answers 🙂 timetrade.com/book/WBVGH