We've said it before, and we'll say it again - sleep is a vital part of everyone's life.
For your little ones, an odd sleeping habit or pattern could be a sign of something more sinister.
If your child is experiencing any of the following, we suggest you start monitoring their sleep closely.
When they sleep to much
If your little one is sleeping more than usual, it may be a sign of illness. Keep an eye on them, and if it persists consult a doctor.
When they wake a lot
If your little one wakes up coughing throughout the night when they are a toddler, it may be a sign of asthma.
When they wet the bed
If they start wetting the bed, it is best to get your child seen by a doctor, just incase of any bladder issues they may have.
The sleepwalking is not the issue here, it is the many possibilities for danger around the house (such as stairs).
Snoring can be a signal of enlarged adenoids or tonsils, and serious issues like respiratory infections, sinus infections, allergies, or even sleep apnea.
If there is a recurring theme that is keeping your child awake, or they get nightmares after a traumatic event, the issue needs to be addressed.
Sleeping too little
Sleep is necessary for your child's development, so if they're not getting enough it could become an issue.
If they are exhausted during the day
If your little one is drowsy or sleepy during the day, it may be a sign of something else. Lack of energy could mean your child is suffering from anaemia or an iron deficiency that affects their energy.