Dealing With Young Children With Sleep Disorders

August 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Sleep Disorder Info

Young children with sleep disorders may be difficult to recognize since not all parents are familiar with the fact that there are sleep disorders that occur with children. Another reason for the slow recognition is the parent’s denial to acknowledge that they have a young child or young children with sleep disorders. There are some young children with sleep disorders that go unnoticed until the sleep disorders resolve themselves or the child learns to cope with the disorder on his own.

Some young children with sleep disorders, on the other hand, are quite easy to deal with and will not need the professional advice of doctors or other professionals to resolve. Many parents can in fact, help their child resolve the sleep disorder or do their best to guide their child to better sleep. Help for children with sleep disorders is actually available but the parents often think that children are too young to go to psychologists for this treatment.

Common Sleep Disorders

Young children with sleep disorders often have trouble achieving and maintaining sleep, nightmares, night terrors and bruxism. Trouble getting to sleep and maintaining it may have something to do with what the child has eaten a few hours before sleeping time. Young children with sleep disorders like this only need to have their food intake watched or revised to facilitate better sleeping habits. Eating too many sweets an hour or two before bed time can affect the sleep of a young child. A full stomach can also wake a child up in the middle of sleep due to tummy rumbles or the urge to urinate. A full and extra exciting day can also elevate the excitement level of your child, thus making sleep difficult.

Nightmares and night terrors are actually two different things. Nightmares often occur to children with active imaginations and those who have been exposed to some excitement or trauma in life recently. Young children with sleep disorders like these two are expected to have bad dreams which they react to in their sleep. The difference between the two is that nightmares are sometimes remembered while nigh terrors are usually not remembered. Children are often awake when they wake from nightmares while during night terrors; children remain incoherent when their parents try to comfort them. Night terrors often resolve when the child is past five or six years of age.

Bruxism is a sleep disorder where the child clenches or gnashes his or her teeth during sleep. Many professionals believe that this occurrence is caused by strong emotions that the child feels during sleep or may have something to do with some form of frustration or anger which is remembered during sleep.

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