For the most part, babies are able to sleep anywhere and everywhere, making it difficult for them to be sleep deprived. (Though your own sleep deprivation would have you think otherwise.) As they get older, however, their sleep habits become a bit more unpredictable and things like playing late into the night, schedule changes from traveling, or coming down with the occasional sickness can throw off their sleeping habits altogether. Learning the signs of sleep deprivation in toddlers can help you prevent it in your little one, ensuring they get the rest they need to be healthy and active.
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). most preschool aged kids need anywhere from 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night including an afternoon nap. The NSF also noted the importance of predictability and routine when it comes to toddler sleep, so if they've had any sudden schedule or developmental changes you can expect their sleep habits to be thrown off a bit.
Luckily, if you're noticing these signs of sleep deprivation, the issue is usually easily reversed with a bit of schedule tweaking and maybe a few extra naps. If you're not sure whether or not your toddler is getting the right amount of Zs, here are a few signs to help you figure it out.