sometimes have sleep disorders in children very simple reasons. Once these have been eliminated, the child promptly sleeps again as it should be according to its age.
You shouldn’t expect a baby to sleep through the night just yet. It’s hungry from time to time. But older children should sleep through the night and no longer need their parents.
External causes of sleep disorders in children
Just like adults, children can go through
- Noise from the street but also from the TV next door,
- too bright light
- Darkness if the child fears, then
- unfamiliar environment or lack of a bedtime ritual if they are used to it.
- bad air in the room, perhaps even cigarette smoke
- exciting experiences before going to bed
- too much or unaccustomed eating and drinking late at night or
- lack of tiredness because the child has had a longer afternoon nap,
be prevented from falling asleep. You just have to eliminate the cause.
Other causes of insomnia in children
Once these external causes have been ruled out, further research into the causes can be carried out. Sleep disorders in children can be related to an illness. If this is the case, you can do something in consultation with the doctor. After all, sleep also contributes to recovery. Maybe he’ll prescribe a light sleeping pill? This is often part of the drug treatment of the underlying disease. Instead of medication, certain drinks, such as tea, may help.
In sleepwalking, the child leaves the bed while asleep. However, this condition usually lasts only a few minutes, and the child continues to sleep normally, but possibly off the bed. This is only dangerous if the child can injure themselves while sleepwalking. This usually disappears again in puberty, if it occurs repeatedly at all.
Small children often need the closeness of their parents. It is not uncommon for them to come into bed with their parents and then fall asleep again.
Nightmares are also a sleep disorder in children. They can, but do not have to be related to real experiences. If such nightmares occur several times a week, it is appropriate to do something about them. With small children, it can be an advantage if they wake up with their parents and therefore immediately no longer feel pursued by the dream characters. It also helps to talk about the dream and to realize that it was actually just a dream and not reality. You can also attach a positive ending to the nightmare and thus take away the frightening effect.
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