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Sleep Problems - Part 2

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After a stretch of sleepless nights, we decided to talk it over with Ayanna. We informed her how important it was to sleep through the night and how her body and muscles and bones needed to grow. She seemed to grasp what we were saying about the importance of sleep. That night she slept through the night and was excited the next morning to have done so. Now she sleeps through the night, with a little reminder of how important sleep is before we say goodnight.

The above approach has worked for us. Perhaps because Ayanna is at an age that she can comprehend what we’re saying.

A recent reading provided this information –

Nightmares:

It’s good to know that most things that interrupt your child’s sleep are, thankfully, temporary. If your toddler, a ‘good sleeper’ wakes up crying, seems scared and is clingy and has trouble getting back to sleep, they may in fact have had a nightmare. It typically happens during the second half of the night, where dreaming is most likely to occur.

Nightmares are most likely linked to something that happened just before bed, like listening to a scary story or watching an upsetting show on TV. Stress can also lead to nightmares. Separation anxiety or being sick can also be stressful.

When your toddler cries, go to them. Physical reassurance is important. You can talk to your toddler about the nightmare if they are old enough to understand. Most experts believe a bedtime routine that incorporates a warm bath, a positive story, and a song can help ward off nightmares.

Night terrors:

If your toddler sits up in bed and seems terrified, they may be having a night terror. They may be screaming and sweating – they probably won’t remember what happened. Night terrors can be triggered by fever, overtiredness and stress and they often occur in the first third of the night during deep sleep. Night terrors are most common in children ages 3 to 5. Most outgrow them by age 10.

Experts say it’s best not to interfere, just let the night terror run its course. Comforting may cause your toddler to become more agitated. Not getting enough sleep is often a contributor to night terror, so be sure to get your child to bed early. Speaking to your pediatrician may also help.

 

 

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