How to handle insomnia in young children
If your child has trouble getting to sleep, or his sleep is disturbed by frequent nightmares and wakefulness, then he’s far from getting the recommended 8 hours a night. Before insomnia sets in, read our tips – daily habits and 100% natural solutions – to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
How to tell if your child is insomniac
Sleep disorders can take several forms in young children:
- difficulty falling asleep
- waking several times in the night
- frequent nightmares
- poor quality sleep
- waking too early
Lacking their 8 hours a day, children suffering from insomnia can sometimes get headaches and have trouble concentrating at school. If these problems persist, they should be taken seriously to avoid a vicious cycle of irregular sleep patterns.
What causes insomnia?
If your child isn’t sleeping, or sleeping badly, take a closer look at these three potential causes:
- Irregular sleeping habits: a lack of routine (irregular hours, places, or bedtime rituals) can endanger a child’s sleep
- Anxiety: tension at home, at school or general anxiousness can lead to difficulty sleeping
- Chronic physical problems: Ear, nose or throat infections, or digestive problems can impact the quality of sleep
5 solutions to help your child sleep like a baby
- Reinvent a bedtime routine: put your child to bed at the same time nightly, in the presence of familiar objects, staying with him or her a little while
- Renew dialogue: by discussing your child’s fears with him, he’ll be better equipped to tackle them
- Re-establish good eating habits: eat a reasonable amount – neither too much nor too little – and reasonably early, at least 1h30 before bedtime
- Re-decorate his bedroom: this should be dedicated to sleep, no TV or computer, and it shouldn’t be overheated (19°C)
- Rebalance his system with a homeopathic treatment and plant-based medicines: valerian, passionflower, hawthorn, wild oat and lime-tree can be very effective.