For some of us adults, thinking about unpaid bills or a big meeting the next day can wake us up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night. Meanwhile, your kids may also experience restless sleep, but for (hopefully) entirely different reasons.
Luckily, many of the reasons your infant or toddler wakes up abruptly may be an easy fix (and they may just be going through a phase that will correct itself). Here are seven reasons your kid is not sleeping through the night, so you can help them get better rest (and hopefully get more rest for yourself too).
1. Unsuitable Room Temperature
While you may like to blast the furnace or layer up with blankets, this may not be such an ideal sleep situation for your toddler. BabyCenter.com explains that your body needs to naturally lower its core temperature to achieve sleep, so cranking up heaters is not always a good idea.
On the flipside of the coin, you also don’t want your little one to wake up shivering, it adds. Use a thermometer in the room and aim for a sleep temperature of 65 to 70-degrees Fahrenheit, suggests the source. In this climate, “Dress your toddler in a single layer of long pants and long sleeves,” it adds.