Sleep problems can have bad effects on children’s performance in school, during extracurricular activities, and in social relationships. According to studies, 30% of children do suffer sleep disorders! This makes it even more important for you to look out for these signs in your child which point to sleep disorder in children.
5 Signs Which Indicate That Your Kid Is Suffering From a Sleep Disorder:
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
Excessive daytime sleepiness is a highly common symptom of sleep disorder. While this is okay sometimes and may occur due to tiredness but if you see your child in sleepy position frequently, it is alarming.
If your child finds it difficult to sleep, he/she may be dealing with insomnia. They might be stressed for some reason which is why they can’t sleep properly. If you see them waking up for long hours, talk to them and ask if anything is bothering them.
Just like you get nightmares, children do too. Your kid may suddenly wake up terrified and afraid and may not be able to get back to sleep after that. Occasional nightmares in children are common but if they become frequent, it might be a sign of sleep disorder. This may affect your child’s sleep and may even lead to other health issues.
Nightmares and night terrors are two different things. While nightmares make a child wake up from sleep, night terrors are not as frightening to kids. In an episode of a night terror, the child would suddenly wake up and scream or cry or anything like that. During a night terror, they may also suffer rapid breathing, sweating, muscle tension, etc. Although only 1 out of 5 children wakes during a night terror.
Snoring isn’t harmful but this may also occur due to blockage in the lungs. It may trigger a sleep disorder. Nasal congestion, Respiratory infection, enlarged tonsils are the most common causes of snoring in kids. However, in the rarest of cases, daily snoring may be due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Tips for Improving Your Child’s Sleep
- Don’t give children any food or drinks with caffeine less than six hours before bedtime.
- TV and video games should be turned off at least one hour before
bed timeand no television, computer, mobile phone, radio, or music playing while the child is going to sleep.
- Make sure the temperature in the bedroom is comfortable and that the bedroom is dark(night mode).
- Infants and children should be put to bed when they appear tired but still awake (rather than falling asleep in their parent’s arms, or another room). Parents should avoid getting into bed with a child to get them to sleep.
- Avoid giving children large meals close to bedtime.
- Make sure the noise level in the house is very low.
- Playtime a relaxing time(for Child) as too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.