For most cases children tend to fall asleep quite easily due to the crazy busy days they always have. School, playing with friends and running around all drain them of energy and they need more sleep than older humans because they are constantly growing. Yet there are cases in which children really can’t get to sleep at all in your home. These cases can range from mild irritations such as taking a little longer to get to sleep to full blown insomnia. Here are certain things you should check and amend if your child can’t get to sleep.
The Room Dynamics
To ensure your child can be able to sleep better you need to check the room dynamics. Is there still a night light in there that they may have grown out of, perhaps the light is now keeping them awake instead of sending them off to sleep. Or maybe there is a street light outside that is letting a lot of light in. The answer to this is by taking the night light away and buying stronger blackout curtains which can shield your child from all kinds of outside goings on. Check the other objects and make sure there is nothing making a noise that could keep them awake too.
Do They Suffer From Terror?
Many kids have night terrors. You need to make sure yours gets over them to give them a proper good night’s sleep. Talk to them, perhaps they are scared of something in your room like a monster in the cupboard or something all kids tend to get scared of. There’s nothing wrong with an imagination that can dream up such things, you just need to try and put them at ease so there life is not affected by it.
Consider Changing Rooms
Consider putting them in a different room in the house. It can be a bit of an anoying project, but you may see a change straight away. The new room dynamics may suit them better and they could get a much better sleep. It can change the way they view sleep and as a result let them nod off faster.
You could consider using some herbal medication, just make sure it is suitable for the age of your child before giving it to them. It could help them get off to sleep for a few nights after which you can start holding back on the medicine, thus weaning them off.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes all your hard work will be for nothing, and all you do won’t work. It isn’t your fault, it could just mean that your child’s night terror is slightly more serious. Go and see a doctor and they may prescribe you something more effective which can send them off to sleep. They can also help send them to other places for further help, such as psychiatrists who can talk through your child’s issues and get to the bottom of what is actually causing them. This can be the best option and you should take it to ensure your child falls back into a regular sleeping pattern.