What happens when a baby gets overtired?
When your baby becomes overtired, their stress response system goes into high gear, triggering cortisol and adrenaline to flood into their little bodies. Cortisol helps to regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle; adrenaline is the fight-or-flight agent.
How do you soothe an overtired baby?
Try lots of reassurance : 1) Talk quietly and cuddle your baby until calm 2) Put your baby on their back in the cot awake (drowsy) 3) Comfort your baby with gentle ‘ssshh’ sounds, gentle rhythmic patting, rocking or stroking until baby is calm or asleep.
Can overtired babies catch up on sleep?
An overtired baby might crash at night, sleeping usually long periods without demanding feedings owing to physical exhaustion that occurs as a result of not receiving enough sleep during the day. Or she might occasionally have catch-up sleep during the day instead.
How can I tell if my baby is overtired?
Signs of an overtired baby
- She has a hard time settling down for sleep.
- She only takes brief catnaps, instead of full-blown naps.
- She doesn’t get a lot of sleep at night.
- She’s very cranky or fussy.
- She’s less able to handle frustration or pain.
- She’s more prone to meltdowns (in an older baby).
What are the symptoms of being overtired?
There are several symptoms of overtiredness, including:
- lack of clear thinking.
- slower processing.
- changes in mood.
- difficulty making decisions.
- difficulty with short- and long-term memory.
- slower reaction times.
- sleepiness during the day.
Why do overtired babies wake at night?
The more tired babies are, the worse they sleep. The more tired they are, the harder it is to fall asleep. Then, the more tired they get, the more they fight sleep. An overtired baby wakes up frequently through the night as they transition sleep cycle because they are uncomfortable.
Is a 3 hour nap too long baby?
An occasional long nap isn’t something to worry about as long as your baby rouses easily and seems like her normal self when you wake her. Just wake your sleeping beauty after the three- or four-hour mark. That’ll ensure that your newborn gets all her feedings in, and that your older baby’s night sleep isn’t disrupted.
How do you tell if a baby is in a deep sleep?
Stage 1: drowsiness—eyes droop, may open and close, dozing. Stage 2: light sleep—your baby moves and may startle or jump with sounds. Stage 3: deep sleep—your baby is quiet and does not move. Stage 4: very deep sleep—she is quiet and does not move.