Yesterday it broke my heart when my friend mentioned that her 10 year old son has sleep disorder. And so I decided to share some knowledge on sleeping disorder in children. Do you find hard to put your child to sleep or do they sleep not as much as they have to sleep to their age?
Do you notice the following signs in your child?
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Problems with sleeping through the night
- Difficulty staying awake during the day
- Unexplained decrease in daytime performance
- Unusual events during sleep such as sleepwalking or nightmares
If yes, then wake up!!!!
It might be the sign of sleep disorder. It’s tough for any parent to discover that their child may have a sleep disorder. After all, no parents wants to witness their child struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep during the night. However, recent studies estimate that nearly 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point in their lives.
While sleep disorders can come with varying degrees of severity, the majority of them can be treated. What’s important is that parents recognize the signs of sleep disorders so that they can get their child treated for the underlying causes, rather than treating the symptoms alone.
One of the most important keys in understanding how to identify sleep troubles in children is to have a good idea on how much sleep they should be getting for their age.
|1||0-4 months old||Newborns sleep approximately 16-17 hours a day|
|2||4 months-1 year||Babies of this age still require between 14-15 hours of sleep everyday|
|3||1-3 years||Most toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep|
|4||3-6 years||Approximately 11-12 hours of sleep|
|5||7-12 years||Children of these age groups tend to need about 10-12|
|6||13-18 years||Teens of this age require about 8-10 hours of sleep|
This may vary a bit from child to child depending on the sleeping environment and physical health condition. But if there is any major changes for significantly longer period then it’s time to act on it. Sleep disorders in children can lead not only to tired and cranky children, but to all kinds of behavioral problems at home, in school, and in their social lives as well.
Tips for Improving Your Child’s Sleep
Scheduled bedtime: Establish a regular time for bed each night and do not
vary from it. Similarly, the waking time should not differ from weekday to
weekend by more than one to one and a half hours.
Activity before bedtime: Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as giving
your child a warm bath or reading a story. Make after-dinner playtime a relaxing time as too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.
Eating habits before sleep: Do not give children any food or drinks with caffeine less than six hours before bedtime. Giving children large meals close to bedtime can make uneasy to feel sleepy.
Environment matters too: Make sure the temperature in the bedroom is
comfortable and that the bedroom is dark. Make sure the noise level in the house is low. There should be no television, computer, mobile phone, radio, or music playing while the child is going to sleep. TV and video games should be turned off at least one hour prior to bedtime.
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