Oct 8, 2021
“My son is getting irritable day by day. He is also gaining weight and lacks attentiveness in school. He has become short tampered and very aggressive. I am extremely worried, he was a calm child earlier but now he is agitated and violent all the time. Can you help me”? A desperate mother puts a call at Nidanam Homeopathy clinic.
“Parents these days are facing such issues and are unable to find a solution for it. Many feel that their child have gone abnormal or some even say that they might be possessed by some entity. Being a mother myself, I could feel the level of desperation and emotional trauma they go through. In most of such cases, the basic cause of the problem is very simple, lack of sleep or disturbed sleeping pattern.” says Dr. Bhavana Jain Agarwal, MD (Nidanam Homeopathy)
Sleep is considers as one of the vital aspects of life. It not only helps in providing serenity but also promotes growth activity of body as well as mind. It can be regarding as a building block of a child’s mental as well as physical health.
According to a recent study, about 25 to 50 percent of toddlers and 40 percent of adolescents have sleeping issue. Hence it is a common problem these days.
Why sleep is considered important in children?
It is scientifically proved that sleep plays a fundamental role in development of child’s brain. Studies have indicated that sleep contributes to various mental aspects and emotions that are mentioned
What happens when child is unable get ample sleep?
Due to increase in awareness towards mental health especially in children, most of the parents these days pay attention to their child’s psychological condition. Conditions caused due to lack of sleep may mimic ADHD i.e. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Sleeplessness may also contribute to lack of concentration and many other mental as well physical developmental aspect of a child.
As per a report by American Academy of Paediatrics, about 25 percent of children below the age of five have disturbed sleep. This has been directly linked to an allergic condition called allergic rhinitis. Their reports also suggest that this lack of sleep may further be linked to conditions of cardiovascular system, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and obesity.
In adolescents, chronic disturbed sleep may directly or indirectly affect child academically and may also cause mental health issues and behaviour disorders.
What can be done to improve child’s sleep?
Dr. Bhavana from Nidanam Homeopathy, very often gets cases where kids faces such problems. She recommends certain tips that may prove handy in improving sleep of the child.
Sleep requirements changes with time. Sleeping pattern of a 2 year
old toddler is different as compared to a 13 year of teenager.
First and the foremost thing is to improve the bed time routine of
the child. This has been a one of the most successful methods to improve
A typical bed time routine might include
The right time to take your child to bed is when he is sleepy and not after he has slept. This method facilitates a child of developing a habit to sleep by his own. Child should also be taught to be sleep on his own bed rather than sleeping with parents or others bed.
This is also an important aspect that is helpful in inducing a good sleep.
It’s important that a child has a good physical exercise routine but avoid him being over exhaustion should be avoided. Overly tired body is also not good for sleep. Hence it is important to keep a watch on your child’s physical activities while setting his bed time routines.
Sleeping tips for Very Young Babies
Very young babies, as they still have to develop their circadian rhythm, may find it difficult to sleep whole night. If they don’t fall back sleep, it’s natural. Just provide them with a cosier environment and they will be ok with it. They may also cry of hunger or need for a change of a diaper. Just quietly do it and let them fall sleep again to the earliest.
Sleeping tips for toddlers
Toddlers generally require two naps a day. As they are grown up enough to understand miss and fear emotions, they should be dealt different than babies. Their mind can be preoccupied by giving them authorities like their choice of night suit or pyjama, which book to read at bed time etc. Parents should be firm yet loving as kids at this age understands the emotions and responds to them likewise.
Sleeping tips for school going kids
School kids have a busier routine as compared to their previous stages. This may cause difficulty in falling asleep. Try to monitor a steady routine and relaxing periods before bedtime.
It is important to setup a morning routine as well. No doubt it’s always pleasurable to sleep late in mornings but it may also contribute in disturbing the sleeping pattern, thereby try to follow a routine through out to evolve that as a habit.
There are other issues as well that might seems to be insignificant but may contribute immensely in altering sleeping pattern in children. Events like teething, illness, change in place or bed, a new care taker,some minor ailments like cough, colds, ear ache etc. may also contribute to it.
Other Factors are:
There are few other factors that may also contribute in disturbing the sleep of your child.
If you still find that in spite following above mentioned measure, the child is not able to sleep properly, Dr. Bhavana can be a great help with her customized homeopathic treatments.