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  • What Does it Mean to Be Overtired?

    what is overtirednessIf you have a baby, you are familiar with overtiredness.

    Overtiredness lies somewhere between tired and exhausted. It’s that window of time when your baby is too tired to fall asleep easily. You’ve probably been overtired yourself. You feel uncomfortable and antsy. You may even have a headache. But as an adult, you can calm yourself enough to fall asleep.

    A baby, however, doesn’t have the right control to relax themselves, so that anxiety remains. Often an overtired baby will simply stay awake until they are outright exhausted.

    How to recognize an overtired baby

    Your baby can become overtired about an hour after first feeling tired. Ideally you want to recognize the tired signs and put your baby to sleep, but if you miss them, you could end up in overtired territory. Here’s how to tell.

    • Your baby is suddenly hyperactive.
    • Your baby is fighting sleep.
    • Your baby is easily annoyed by the slightest sounds or sights.
    • Your baby isn’t making eye contact or interacting with you.
    • Your baby is clingy.
    • Your baby is whining or whimpering.
    • Your baby has sudden outbursts of emotion.

    Even though it’s a struggle, you should try to put your baby to sleep right away if you feel he or she is overtired.

    How to help chronically overtired children

    A child who becomes overtired frequently experiences chronic sleep deprivation. Keep in mind that sleep is an important part of growing up. It’s when the brain and body does a majority of its growing. So keeping your child from sleep is robbing them of their healthy development. Sleep deprived children exhibit some of these signs:

    • Undereating
    • Fussy behavior
    • Developmental delay
    • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Overstimulation

    The solution is simple: more sleep. Do not judge how much sleep your child needs based on what your friends say or what you read online. Judge the amount of sleep your child needs based on your child’s behavior. Did you cut back to one nap too soon? Are you letting him or her stay up too late at night and then waking them in the morning to start the day?

    Children who suffer from sleep deprivation take a few days to catch up. They won’t feel fine after just one night’s sleep. Spend a weekend prioritizing sleep. Make the sleep environments quiet and dark to really stretch out those naps. Keep rough play to a minimum and start sleep times as soon as they exhibit signs. You can work out of sleep deprivation, but it takes time.

    In short, when your baby becomes overtired, use that as an opportunity to examine your sleep routine and make the appropriate adjustments.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 4 Things That Occur When Kids Don’t Get Enough Sleep

    When Kids Don’t Get Enough SleepGetting proper rest and recovery from sleep is important at any age, but even more so when kids are growing and developing. Sleep deprivation in kids can cause many detrimental consequences that will not only affect their day-to-day life, but also their future. Here are a few things that occur when kids don’t get enough sleep:

    1. Self-Regulation Issues

    A lack of sleep can cause a child to lose their ability to control themselves, which affects their emotions and moods. Studies have actually shown a link between short sleep duration, late bedtimes, and poor overall sleep quality with aggression, impulsivity, and being short-tempered. Also, kids who aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need can also show symptoms similar to children with ADHD; these symptoms include inability to sit still, stay on task, and focus.

    2. Lack of Growth/Development 

    When a child doesn’t get the necessary amount of sleep their body needs, it could negatively affect their growth and development. Getting enough sleep guarantees that our bodies are producing the right amount of hormones and chemicals at the right times to keep growing. Also, being well-rested allows a child the ability to pay attention, acquire and comprehend new information, and think critically. Without these abilities, kids won’t have access to the mental faculties they need to learn the basic skills they need.

    3. Health Problems 

    If your child fails to get the proper amount of sleep, their immune system and white blood cell production can suffer. When the immune system isn’t running at its optimal efficiency, children are much more susceptible to getting sick. Another health issue that can come from sleep deprivation occurs mentally. Research has shown a link between persistent sleep difficulties in childhood and mental health problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and alcohol abuse later in life. If all of these health problems can be avoided with some extra sleep, this is an important aspect to keep in mind with your children.

    4. Memory Loss

    It may be subtle, but when a child lacks the proper amount of sleep they need, their ability to retain information and memories can suffer. You probably know that on the days when you are most tired, you're forgetful and unfocused, but sleep deprivation can lead to permanent cognitive issues. The less we sleep, the less we benefit from the memory-storing properties of sleep. Additionally, a lack of sleep can cause "brain deterioration," according to a 2013 study, which may at least in part explain memory loss in seniors.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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