It may come as a surprise to you that sleep disorders in children are relatively common.
In fact, nearly 30% experience some sort of sleeping disorder from the time they are young to the adolescent years. Sometimes, if the sleep disorder isn't addressed, the issue can continue into adulthood.
Children who have difficulty sleeping for one reason or another could exhibit symptoms such as irritability, fogginess, and difficulty staying awake during daylight hours, behavioral challenges, unusual mood swings, and potentially injuries because of the lack of sleep.
Thankfully, there are natural remedies for treating sleep disorders!
Most children like to have a snack before going to bed, so choose the snacks wisely. Opt for a combination of whole grain carbohydrates and lean protein. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks at all costs!
Read a book instead of watching television. Books with a calming theme or nice rhythm are good choices. Television actually revs up our brains and bodies, which is the opposite effect we want for our children right before bedtime.
Warm milk isn't just your grandmother's remedy for inducing sleepiness - it actually can work! The calcium in the milk tells the brain to make melatonin, which is a natural hormone that helps you sleep.
Include foods throughout the day that contain magnesium. This natural substance helps the brain calm down at night in preparation for sleep. Foods high in magnesium include almonds, green leafy vegetables, oats, cocoa powder, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, and flax. You may have to get creative in order to include some of these, but it could help your child sleep better at night.
Try to keep nightlights and other appliances out of the bedroom. In reality, these don't help induce sleep, but rather keep sleep from coming as easily. If your child feels better having some sort of light in the room, opt for a clock radio with red colored numbers.
Change clothes before going to bed. Put on special, comfortable pajamas when you're preparing for bed. This signals the brain and body it's getting close to sleep!
Try to keep high levels of activity for the morning or afternoon and go for lighter physical activities for the evening whenever possible so the body has time to wind down.
The room should be kept dark and cool - no higher than about 72 degrees and no lower than 65 degrees to ensure the best sleeping environment.
We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping on a mattress, so why shouldn't it be the best quality possible? A child's mattress should be supportive and comfortable so she looks forward to climbing into bed at the end of the day.
Many people aren't aware that bed linens can potentially cause sleep disorders in children because they contain chemicals that might inhibit sleep and can affect breathing patterns. Both of these factors can negatively affect a child's sleep at night.
Organic sheets, pillowcases, and comforters or blankets are well worth the extra money it takes to purchase them. The materials used to manufacture organic bed linens breathe naturally and will allow your skin to breathe too.
Your child's pillow should be supportive in both the neck and head area. A good way to test the pillow's firmness is to see if you can bend it in half without it bouncing back. If it bounces back, it's probably a supportive pillow. If it stays bent in half, it doesn't have the necessary support to help your child sleep well.
There is hope for treating sleep disorders in children! Try these natural remedies - you may be pleasantly surprised at the results!