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Bedtimes / 30 Nov 2015 / by James

Dealing with kids' sleep problems

Once you've finally got the little ones settled into their own bed, in their own bedroom with their very own routine, it can sometimes feel like you're being faced with another huge hurdle if they start having difficulty in the nights. Whether that's through wetting the bed, nightmares or simply reverting back to not sleeping through, problems with sleep are common among children. But fear not, sleep-disrupted parents out there! We've created a guide with some great steps for how you can approach the problem, so those seemingly long lost dreams of getting your eight hours a night can soon be back within reach. 

 

Wetting the bed

Something that's very common for children to do, wetting the bed can be disruptive to sleep. According to advice from the NHS, it's usually something that your child will grow out of, but if it's really bothering your little one, then it's something you can see a doctor about. The advice also explains how it's important to make sure your child doesn't feel like they've been naughty if they wet the bed - they can't help it.

Top tips for helping your child stay dry all night:

  • Bedwetting can sometimes be caused by stress. Perhaps if you've just moved house, your child is starting a new school or even being bullied, bedwetting can sometimes be a sign, so it's important to figure this out first.
  • Watch their drinks. You can try watching how much your child drinks around an hour before bedtime, and making sure they go to the toilet one last time before bed.
  • The NHS website includes a link to the ERIC site - take a look together. It'll help you both to understand what happens with bedwetting, as well as more handy tips to try and combat it.

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bedwetting/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.supernanny.co.uk/Advice/-/Health-and-Development/-/General-Health/Bedwetting.aspx

 

Nightmares

Everyone has bad dreams from time to time, and they can be particularly unsettling when you’re too young to separate the vivid dream from the reality. As with most dreams, nightmares can sometimes be linked to something that your child has seen or experienced in the day, making them seem all the more scary to wake up after.

A lot of helping your child to deal with nightmares comes from reassuring them that everything's OK. Make sure your little ones feel really nice and relaxed when they go to bed, so being tucked under the covers remains a safe place for them to drift off to a hopefully nightmare-free sleep.

Advice from KidsHealth explains how important it is to talk to your child about what happened when they've had a nightmare, to help them isolate it as something that's not real, is now over, and is not going to hurt them.

Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sleep/nightmare.html#

 

Getting the routine right

For more handy hints and tips on getting your child's bedtime routine down to a tee, take a look at our blog post on how much sleep children need.