Why Won’t My Toddler Sleep is a question many parents ask their doctors. Toddlers are at an age where they find everything exciting, are very curious and are always exploring their environment. With so many new achievements and things to do it is difficult for the overexcited toddlers to get adequate sleep. Experts suggest that to overcome this parents must make bedtime peaceful and calm.
Over excitement before bedtime or any other stimuli during the day could make the child react later during sleep and cause sleep interruptions like sleep talking or sleep walking. A fear of loneliness also known as ‘separation anxiety’ or a fear of nightmares or a fear of bedwetting may result in some toddlers having sleep interruptions. Some toddlers also grind their teeth while asleep.
To prevent such problems experts suggest that parents try to maintain and set a definite routine for bedtime. The parents could have a bed time ritual of story telling or if some toddlers are comforted by the companionship of their toy or any other belonging, it would prevent the child from feeling lonely when he goes to sleep all by himself.
Parents must make sure that they are not forcing the child to sleep more than the child needs as sometimes the toddlers daytime naps cover part of their sleep requirement and therefore the toddler may be unable to sleep for the entire duration.
Sleep difficulties are quite common in children under emotional or physical stress. Sometimes respiratory problems do interfere with the Childs sleep. In severe cases parents should take professional help.
Why won’t my toddler sleep is an issue that nearly all experts suggest can be solved by maintaining a regular bedtime ritual for the toddler.
Toddler sleep problems may also be due to hereditary or emotional disturbances. These may require professional treatment. After ruling out any physical reasons for bedtime problems, the most obvious answer to most toddler sleep problems is to ensure and follow a proper sleeping ritual.