Most parents have gone through the bedtime blues, where putting a young child to bed is so time-consuming and stressful that they are exhausted. Unfortunately, a difficult bedtime routine frequently drains the parents rather than the youngster.
You might question if your child’s nighttime blues are typical or if something is wrong with them. Is it serious if there’s a problem with your child?
Sleep difficulty or a sleep disorder is the most common causes of children who do not go to bed comfortably. Going to bed, staying in bed, and going to sleep are the three target behaviours in the former. The bottom line regarding sleep issues is that the youngster will not or does not know how to behave appropriately.
However, sleep problems (also known as dyssomnia or parasomnia) occur when a youngster is unable to do the desired actions. A professional’s help is required for sleep difficulties.
Difference Between Sleep Disorders and Sleep Problems
The following are symptoms of sleep disorders. You should contact your paediatrician if your child exhibits these symptoms.
- Bedwetting over the age of five
- Excessive movement during sleep, full body movement or especially legs
- Snoring, noisy breathing, mouth breathing, or choking during sleep
- Excessive perspiration
- Expressions of panic or Confusion (night terrors)
Sleep Problems and How You Can Solve Them
Sleep issues are behavioural therefore, it’s crucial to regulate your child’s nighttime behaviours from the start.
Developing a pre-bedtime ritual is the first step in alleviating bedtime issues. Such practices are normal when children are smaller, but it’s also crucial to keep them with older children.
In many cultures, most youngsters spend most of their time in bed alone, loved ones must give them a huge send-off before they go to bed. The send-off may be reduced to a hug and a kiss as children get older, but it should still be present. The send-off reassures, relaxes, and prepares the kid for the upcoming night.
Following these strategies can help you get your child to go to bed and stay in bed once you’ve created your pre-bedtime ritual.
- Give direct instructions to preschoolers, such as “It’s time to sleep and get ready for bed.” Please get your books or toys right away.”
- Put the youngster to bed without collecting the toys if they disobey your command. Ask the child to do the chore the next day at an inconvenient hour, such as when cartoons begin.
- Parents can establish a pleasant routine with younger children by giving directions for a sequence of pre-bedtime tasks that the youngster completes. When the youngster regularly complies, the final command — “Let’s say goodnight” — is issued.
- The ideal technique with infants and toddlers is to ignore bedtime weeping and instead call out and cry in the middle of the night. It will be difficult to listen to your youngster weep or scream incessantly. However, these sleep habits should be forgotten after three to five nights.
- Create an early-warning system for toddlers who frequently leave their rooms. When they’ve “escaped,” you’ll hear a bell or an alarm at the top of their door.
- Use the “robotic return” when toddlers get out of their beds: Treat the situation with reverence and seriousness. As you return the youngster to bed, move stiffly and avoid speaking to them. Then shut the door to the child’s room.
- Hold the door shut and don’t let go if your youngster tries to open it after you’ve closed it. To win the bedtime war, you must first win this battle. If your child gets out of bed beyond bedtime, don’t fight, discuss, yell, threaten, promise, or communicate with them in any way. Children get out of bed in order to seek their parents’ attention, and parents who communicate with them give in to what the children desire.
You may begin to understand your child and get them (and yourself) on the road to a future of restful nights with these tips and possibly a talk with your doctor.