Babies are known for sleeping. And not doing much else besides that. But what about when babies don't get enough sleep? Something so vital for their growth and development isn't always easy to make up. Watching out for the ways your baby is trying to tell you they're not getting enough sleep can save you from a sleep deprived baby, which, believe it or not, is even more exhausting than a rested one.
Sleep deprivation in babies and children isn't common, but it can have some negative side-effects when it does happen. In very rare cases, a baby can develop a chronic sleep disorder which can lead to ADHD and even depression, according to the Baby Sleep Site. However, the vast majority of babies, sleep deprivation is simply the cause of a schedule change or growth spurt and can be made up with a little intentional effort.
It's difficult enough when you're sleep deprived — and when are you not, really? — you don't need a sleepless baby on your hands as well. If you suspect your little one isn't getting enough Zs, pay attention to these subtle ways that they may be telling you they're overtired.