Sleep Disorders with Kids (cont.)
There's no question children should not be drinking caffeinated sodas, both because of the empty calories and also because of the caffeine.
Another major cause of less sleep and sleep problems is televisions in the bedroom. There have been many studies showing the impact of television on kids' sleep. It's not a good habit, so get rid of them.
So whether or not a child watches television around bedtime makes a huge difference in how well they sleep. And it was much worse if the television was literally in the bedroom.
So not only is reading at bedtime good for literacy, it's also a great way to transition from a busy day to a peaceful night's sleep.
Another thing to try is to move his bedtime much earlier as children who go to bed earlier surprisingly sleep earlier. An earlier bedtime will also help decrease the likelihood of him having a sleep terror, as sleep deprivation is the number one contributor to sleep terrors. So moving to an earlier bedtime will most likely help both types of nighttime awakenings.
A rarer likelihood is that it's a seizure, but nighttime seizures usually only occur once per night and rarely every night.
If she's snoring, having difficulty breathing or has breathing pauses when she's asleep, definitely talk to your doctor again. In children, sleep apnea is usually caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids and the problem is solved once they are removed.
Also getting your child the help that he or she needs will help her function at her best during the day to keep her happy, growing, and learning.
For lots more information about children's sleep and parents' sleep, check out my newly revised book Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep. The book came out two weeks ago and I'm very excited about all the changes and additional information I was able to provide. Pleasant dreams.
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