Signs Your Toddler Is Sleep-Deprived

toddler napping with remote control on couch

Anyone who can sleep in this position deserves a pony.

Sleep. It’s a mystery to me. It seems so simple, and yet so many of us are sooooo bad at it. Why? I’m not a scientist, so, sadly, I cannot answer this question. But luckily I have the Internets to help me decode the quagmire.

Or at least, the Internet can verify what I already know.

Or at least, the Internet can increase my anxiety.

Because my toddler? Yeah, he’s sleep deprived. So am I (OBVIOUSLY).

After another TWO painful nights of solo parenting, once again I decided to hit the books — er, keys — to see if I could find a solution to our sleep woes.

What I found is more of the same information, and verification that yes, in fact, my child is sleep-deprived. Here are some signs to look out for, if you’re in the same boat as I am. Gosh, I hope you are, and not because I don’t want you to get any sleep, it’s just that … it’s a lonely boat, or at least it feels that way.

Meanwhile, check out these toddlers that are obviously NOT sleep-deprived (except maybe the one with the remote control).

Your toddler might be sleep-deprived if:
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  • He/she is extra cranky 1 of 5
    He/she is extra cranky
    I usually find that the whole morning is a disaster if my toddler hasn't gotten enough sleep. Nothing I do is right. Nothing he does is right. Nap time cannot come fast enough.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • She/he is sensitive and moody. 2 of 5
    She/he is sensitive and moody.
    This may just be a personality thing, but both my boys seem hypersensitive when they haven't had enough sleep.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Hyperactivity 3 of 5
    Hyperactivity
    I've noticed my boys in overdrive when they are overtired. It's extra hard to get them to sleep when they're already at this point.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • More fidgety 4 of 5
    More fidgety
    If you notice your toddler being more squirmy than normal in conjunction with some of these other symptoms, he or she might be overtired or sleep-deprived.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • More meltdowns 5 of 5
    More meltdowns
    Things can go from bad to worse on a dime when my guys need more sleep.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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Sources: What to Expect, ParentingScience

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