Children With Sleep Problems

Written by Christa Gatewood
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A good night's sleep is important for all of us. When we do not have a restful night of sleep we are often sluggish, irritable, and distracted throughout the day. These qualities are all multiplied in children who are restless.

Children have several sleep problems that concern parents. Children may have difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, have frequent nightmares, wet the bed, etc. Many of these problems may have to do with a child's fear of separation. Bedtime can be a scary time for a child who has sleep problems, and those sleep problems can multiply the anxiety a child feels when going to sleep.

Helping a Child with Sleep Problems

The first thing a parent should do to help a child fall asleep smoothly and stay asleep through the night is to establish a consistent bedtime routine. This routine may include reading a bedtime story, bathing, and for an infant, a feeding. Parents should also try to gradually spend less time with an older child at bedtime so that the child learns to fall asleep on his/her own. Children should not be scolded for sleep problems as this will undoubtedly lead to more anxiety surrounding bedtime.

As children grow up, they usually grow out of their sleep problems. However, not getting a good night's sleep can be detrimental to a child's education and socialization. There are several products on the market that can help a child get to sleep easier and stay asleep. For instance, a sleep sound machine may help put a child into a relaxed disposition that will lull him/her to sleep. White noise and natural sound has been proven to aid children's sleep.

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