Why Does This Happen With Sleep

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lin7604 - October 25

my question is why if he misses a ap or only gets half of one or gets put to bed later then normal he wakes during the night? My ds just turned one and i find that if he doesn't get his normal nap or gets to bed later then normal it affects him like this. I have read alot about it saying they get nightwakes but why?

 

kimberly - October 25

I always just figured it is because they get over tired. Then it becomes hard for them to settle down long enough to stay asleep and they just become restless. I do that too if I am really tired, I get to a point to where I am to tired to sleep and have a hard time falling to sleep.

 

lin7604 - October 25

so you think then if they have a late nap that they are still up for the same amount of time before they go to bed , right? I noticed a few times with my lo that he slept in and it pushed everything back and his last nap was 1 hr later and then bed was 1 hr later ( all with 3-3.5 hr between naps and bed) and he does the same, has night wakes then???

 

wailing - October 27

When they get overtired their brains release Cortisol. Too much cortisol built up will inhibit good sleep later. Cortisol is what humans naturally release to keep themselves awake and alert to survive. Unfortunately babies also do this (even though they don't need it)

 

eclectic66 - October 27

Wailing-Thank you thank you!! My MIL doesn't seem to "get it" when it comes to the concept that when a baby is overtired that they actually have a HARDER time going to sleep! I have tried to explain it to her over and over, but now I can tell her about the cortisol and perhaps NOW I can get her to understand :-) I knew it was true, but didn't know the science behind it.

 

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