Overcoming Insomnia in Children and Teens
Here, you will learn more about dealing with sleeplessness and insomnia in children.
Sleep disorders are fairly common in today's busy world. Of these disorders, insomnia is the one most experienced.
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Brought on by stress or some other trigger, insomnia is either characterized by difficulty in falling asleep, or difficulty staying asleep once you do get to sleep. Aside from these, people suffering insomnia may also experience one or more of the following: Waking up often throughout the night, waking with the inability to fall back asleep, waking up too early - either feeling wide awake or feeling as if you have not slept at all.
Certain groups that might be more prone to developing insomnia are children, adolescents and young adults. With so much pressure on the families today - both parents working, striving for grades, strife in the family, or medical conditions such as nocturnal asthma with night breathing symptoms - sleep might, indeed, become a problem. For infants and toddlers, it might be teeth, rashes, or even fear of the 'under the bed monster'. Indeed, there are so many possible causes of insomnia in children and teens.
Many children experience sleep problems when they are feeling anxious for a reason the parents may never know about, perhaps something as simple as a change in their daily routine. Young ones who suffer from insomnia in children will suffer in other areas as well.
For example, they may become cranky or irritable, doing poorly in school or falling prey to causing trouble at daycare, etc. If anxiety is suspected, talk to your child in an effort to help him or her through any anxious periods. If the insomnia is severe enough, a professional may be needed for short-term help.
Diet can also be the cause of insomnia in children and other young ones. With children, it is important to cut out caffeinated products once they have had their after-school snack. Desserts, especially sugary ones, should be provided in moderation or on special occasions or weekends only - they can cause insomnia as well as sluggishness.
The healthier the child's body, the more likely a good night's sleep will be attained. Also, about half an hour before bed, an eight ounce glass of warm milk may do the trick - use of whole milk that is non-pasteurized is best, if at all possible, to ensure the calcium can be digested.
If the child is still napping during the afternoon, it may simply be that he or she is not ready for sleep again at night. Try skipping the naps a day or two, or at the very least, shorten the nap to see if it helps.
Another helpful tip to overcome insomnia in children is to try exercising or a walk after dinner (wait an hour). Exercising is great for the young body. There will be a burst of energy, but it will be temporary and that sleepy feeling will soon present itself.
Another tip to deal with insomnia in children and teens would be to turn off the television an hour before bed. Interact during this time, encourage a warm bath, or try reading a chapter in a favorite book together. Soothing music can also be helpful.
Many herbalists use passion flower for insomnia (anxiety, nervous exhaustion). In many countries, it is one of the key ingredients in common sedative mixtures and can be used for minor sleep disorders in children as well as adults, with no side effects.
For more tips, ideas, remedies and treatments for beating insomnia in children, you may want to read the other related insomnia pages and articles.
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