Managing Young Children With Sleep Disorders
children with sleep disorders are hard to acknowledge as not every parent
is acquainted with the existence of sleep disorders that occur in children.
One of the causes of a parents delayed admission to this disorder
is that they fail to accept that the child or children have a problem
related to sleep disorders.
Some young children with sleep disorders manage their problem easily without the guidance of a doctor or other specialists. Parents can be the main source of guidance for their children and help them to deal with their sleep disorder better. There are various treatments for children with sleep disorders yet parents find it unnecessary or think their children are not too old to seek psychological treatment.
Familiar Sleep Disorders
Young children with sleep disorders mostly have problems falling asleep and maintaining sleep. They also have problems like nightmares, night terrors, and bruxism. Food habits too interfere with sleep, so what the child eats a few hours before he or she falls asleep also contributes to falling asleep as well as maintaining it. Young children who fall into this category need to keep a watch on what they eat and their diet needs to be readjusted in order to maintain good sleep hygiene.
Children eating too many sweets before going to bed too can affect their level of sleep. Eating too much and having a full tummy may also interrupt sleep as the child might have a bloated stomach and might want to urinate frequently. A day filled with excitement and too much play can also increase the level of excitement in your child and make sleeping seem tough.
Nightmares and night terrors differ from each other. When children have a great level of imagination and are subjected to an increased amount of excitement or trauma recently, they tend to have nightmares often. Young children with sleep disorders tend to have bad dreams, which they reciprocate to while they sleep.
The distinguishing feature between nightmares and night terrors is that nightmares usually linger in your mind when you wake up whereas night terrors may not. When children wake up in the middle of a nightmare, they are usually awake. They are usually confused when parents try to coax them. When a child grows older, past five or six years of age, night terrors usually disappear.
Another type of sleep disorder is bruxism where you will find your child unconsciously grinding or gritting his or her teeth when asleep. Many professionals or doctors have the notion that this is due to strong emotions that the child has during sleep or it could also relate to anger or frustration that the child has, which he or she remembers while asleep.