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Overcoming Early Rising

Overcoming Early Rising

It’s really tough on you as a parent if you’re woken at 5am every day by your toddler, especially if you’re a working parent. Some children are naturally early risers, but it’s crucial that toddlers get enough sleep to ensure healthy growth and development.

1. Get blackout shades

It’s not easy to convince a child it’s still night-time if the sun is shining outside. That’s why blackout shades/curtains are an easy and effective way to keep your toddler asleep until later in the morning. Children are less likely to wake up if it’s dark and if they do wake up at 5am, it’s easier to get them back to sleep in a darkened room.

2. Assist your child back to sleep

I know this is a lot easier said than done…..but 5am is too early for little ones to be awake and you should try to help your child back to sleep. The reason for this is that there is a deep sleep phase (the last of the night) that occurs around this time and this phase of sleep is important to have to ensure healthy growth.

3. Ensure your child is warm enough

Early rising is a common occurrence and often, the reason is because a child is cold. Around 4-5am in the morning is the coldest part of the day. On top of this, 4-5am is also the time that our bodies reach their lowest core temperature. These two things combined can lead to early rising so make sure your toddler is warm enough.

4. Try a later bedtime

A child might be waking early because they have actually had enough sleep throughout the night. Experiment with a slightly later bedtime to see if this helps with the early waking. Be careful though, as overtiredness can cause sleep problems. Try a later bedtime in just 10 minute increments to begin with to avoid causing overtiredness.

5. Talk to your child

When your toddler wakes up, explain that it’s too early and that they need to go back to sleep. By the time a child reaches the toddler years, you can reason with them. Further, talk to them during the day about the importance of staying in bed and staying asleep. Young children cannot tell the time so using a toddler sleep training clock can be helpful. The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock teaches the concept of time through images which the child understands. The parent can pre-set the wake up time in the clock to whatever time they desire their toddler to stay in bed until and at this time it the clock will display an image that tells the child they’re allowed to get up.

Early rising can be a difficult issue to tackle but it’s definitely possible to overcome it. For more information about the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock go to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/

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