2 year old keeps waking up

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2 year old keeps waking up

My son is nearly 3 year old. He got sleeping issues. We keeps waking up after 2 - 3 hours and starts crying. Can you please help us out.
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by lisaartis on Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:55 am

Re: 2 year old keeps waking up

Hi Sofia
I'm sorry to hear this, it's extremely difficult for everyone involved when a child doesn't sleep.

It's hard online to fully understand exactly what is going on without further detail from you but here's some thoughts

How long has this been going on? Was there anything that happened that kickstarted this? For example this could be anything from a change in home circumstances, a house move, an illness, a new nursery or childminder etc.

You don't mention if he goes to bed fine or if you have trouble getting him to sleep. If he does go to bed fine, is that because you are with him at the start of the night? Or do you leave music on, a lullaby type show or anything that helps him to sleep but ultimately switches off after a period of time?

Can he explain to you why he's upset? Is it because of something in particular? Is he scared of the dark? Or missing you?

Ideally it would be good to know what time you are putting him down to bed and if he's still having any naps in the day.

It would also be helpful to know if he just wakes the once or is waking several times in the night crying, and at the moment what you are doing to help him get back to sleep,

There are so many different factors which can affect a child’s sleep so check the obvious causes first such as temperature, noise, hunger or thirst. Other influences are illness (actual or impending), changes or stress in the family, holidays and fear.

It is essential to establish and stick to a regular bedtime routine. Children generally respond well to routine and this is normally along the lines of teatime, followed by quiet play, bath, story and then bed. Bedtime should be around the same time each evening. It’s also important to limit the use of gadgets – TV, computers, gaming machines – in the hours before bed. Instead set aside time before bed to wind down properly. This is a perfect opportunity to read with your child or them to read to you, or talk to them about their day.

Feel free to respond or if you would like more information you can download or order a copy of our Goodnight Guide for Children https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/helpful-leaflets/
Lisa Artis
Head of The Sleep Council

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