Insomnia is a sleep disturbance in which children have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night. Symptoms of insomnia include:
• Sleep problems – difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or waking up too early in the morning
• Tension/worry about going to bed and being able to fall asleep
• Being sleepy during the day
• School or disciplinary problems
• Irritability/mood swings
• Decreased attention span
• Memory problems
• Making errors or having accidents
HOW IS INSOMNIA IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
The condition can be diagnosed by parents. A general physician may check for other problems to rule out the medical causes of insomnia.
HOW IS INSOMNIA IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Treatment methods for insomnia in children can involve any of the following:
• Institute good sleep hygiene habits.
• Comfortable sleep environment.
• Teach children how to relax.
• Remove clocks from the bedroom.
• Set bedtime to obtain the usual amount of sleep.
• Get up out of bed instead of tossing and turning.
• Consider behavioral therapy
DID YOU KNOW?
Maintaining a regular sleep routine helps prevent Insomnia in Children