If you are in the sleep training process this is a common scenario. With time it will resolve if you are actively teaching your child healthy independent sleep skills. Know that you are not alone and a lot of my clients experience this.
Below are some of the various reasons why this happens during our time together:
- Could be overtiredness- sleep is more restless when a child is over tired
- Could be the reorganization of sleep patterns due to chronic short sleep cycles. This usually occurs when a child habitually sleeps for less than 1 hour.
- Drowsiness plays a factor especially if parents are starting the sleep journey somewhere in the bedtime or naptime routine. If you are feeding at some point in the bedtime routine it needs to be offered before the bath to ensure child does not have a lingering feed to sleep association prop.
- This could happen because a child is sensitive to the awake window. Try adjusting the awake window by 15 minutes earlier or later. Experiment and see what awake window works best for your child.
- And finally, the nap times might need to be tweaked to prevent this from happening.
The good news is that with time and consistency following your customized sleep plan it will fade away. Sweet dreams!