When a baby is overtired they become too tired to sleep. In addition when the baby finally dozes off they are likely to continue to wake through the night and more than likely wake early the next day.
When your baby is overtired, it simply means that their body is past the point of being ready to sleep. When a baby becomes so fatigued their body’s stress-response system is activated. This is when the stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are released into their bloodstream, making it even harder for your baby to relax and calm down. This is cyclical pattern, meaning the more overtired your baby becomes, the harder it is for your baby to relax and fall asleep. Which is why it continues to wake your baby through the night and causes early wake ups the next day.
Every baby is different and so learning how your own child reacts to overtiredness is important.
Use these strategies to calm your baby or toddler and help induce drowsiness:
It’s much better to get your baby down for a nap or bedtime before the overtiredness kicks in. Simply do this by laying your baby down for sleep slightly before their window of awake time closes. Use the following as guidelines and work with your baby’s own pattern:
I hope this has been helpful. If you are struggling with your little ones sleep and concerned they may be over tired then don't hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation.