You can look at recommendations and guidelines till your own eyes start to droop, but those are all based on averages. None of them can tell you for sure whether your individual child is getting enough sleep. The only way to know that is to watch your child for signs that he’s overtired or well-rested.
What are the tell-tale signs that your child’s bedtime is too early, too late, or just right? Here are a few:
- If he falls asleep without too much difficulty at the same time every night, that’s a sign he’s getting enough sleep. Overtired toddlers might lie awake for hours, but taking a long time to settle can also be a sign that bedtime is too early. Look at other signs to determine which is the cause of your bedtime struggles.
- If he wakes up on his own at about the same time every morning, that’s a strong indication that he’s getting enough sleep. If you always have to wake him up, or if he wakes at different times, then he’s probably still tired.
- If his daytime behavior is relatively consistent, that’s a sign that he’s well rested. Of course tantrums and meltdowns can be par for the course at younger ages, but if his anger or frustration seems extreme, exhaustion could be the cause. Talk with your doctor about whether his attitude is normal or above average.
If your child is sleeping the recommended amount but still seems tired, tracking his sleep and behavior will help you figure out the exact right amount of sleep for him. The Knit system not only measures the quantity your child is getting each night, but it also analyzes the other important factors of sleep health, which are routine, quantity and breathing. Having the full picture of your child’s night allows you customize their bedtime and routine so that it is right for them.
Once you know the right amount of sleep for your child, you can make adjustments so you are both getting a good night’s rest every night.