You’ve just completed your nighttime routine. You’ve brushed your teeth, washed your face and now you’re ready to settle down for a good night’s rest. But before your head can even hit the pillow, you’re startled by noise coming from your kid’s room. Your kid cannot go back to sleep. It’s going to be a long night.So what can you do to help everyone in your household get the sleep they need? Here are some suggested solutions to a few common sleep problems in children.The SleepwalkerSleepwalking occurs when a child is partially aroused out of deep sleep. Stress and fatigue are sometimes to blame. Fortunately, most kids outgrow sleepwalking. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help.
Night Terrors vs. NightmaresNightmares are common: about 1 out of every 4 kids has scary dreams more than once a week. Night terrors are less common, affecting only about 4% of children, usually between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.During a night terror, your child may bolt upright screaming and sweating. He may be confused and have trouble remembering his dream. If your youngster can’t fall asleep after waking up and is scared, offer a hug and stay there until he calms down.As with sleepwalking, night terrors tend to increase when children are stressed or tired. To prevent scary dreams, stick to a relaxing, regular sleep routine, and limit TV before bedtime.
The Wet BlanketBed-wetting tends to run in families. If both parents wet the bed during childhood, their children will have an 80% chance of also being bed-wetters. And bed-wetting is twice as common in boys as in girls.Anxiety and stress may play a role when children start wetting the bed after being dry for at least six months. Many things can upset children, including the birth of a new sibling or a divorce. Bed-wetting can signal a medical problem, such as a bladder infection or a urinary problem. But in those cases, other symptoms usually appear. Bed-wetting almost always disappears by the teen years. But in the meantime, it can have an effect on a child’s self-esteem. Here are some steps you can take:
The Night OwlsGo to bed now? If your kids regularly resist the bedtime call, they may miss out on needed sleep. To help corral your youngsters in the evening, try these sleep-inducing strategies:
We interviewed a bunch of kids to find out their thoughts on sleep. Their adorable reactions inspire us to learn more ourselves!
Do your kids experience any of these sleep problems? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?Sources: The National Sleep Foundation; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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My kiddo is definitely the night owl! I've learned that a routine is absolutely critical to getting him to sleep in his own bed each night. I have 2 tricks up my sleeve that aren't already listed: first, a stuffed animal or blanket that is special to his bed, so that he has something to look forward to snuggling. Second, essential oils seem to make a little difference in calming his mood. Rubbing a little lavender on his chest or putting some peace&calming in the humidifier gives a little more relaxing feeling I think.
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