If you find that your child has disturbed sleeping patterns, stays awake in the night, then there is a possibility that your child may be suffering from insomnia. There are many reasons of Insomnia in children.
Causes of sleeping disorder
Stress – Children just like adults can also be a victim of anxiety. If your child is being bullied at school, getting into arguments with classmates, constant bickering between siblings, financial problems in the family, discord between parents, death in the family, changing houses constantly, can affect the child and cause stress. As a parent, you need to show curiosity in your child’s life and ask questions so that he/ she can share their worries. This stress can lead to Insomnia.
Child’s behavior – When digestive problems of newborn, hunger, growing teeth, goes unnoticed, it can cause Insomnia. Babies and children prefer to be comforted while trying to fall asleep and in case they wake up in the night and do not find you near them, it can cause distress. This can result in tantrums. When a child makes trips to the bathroom, wants to tell bedtime stories one after another, this can set off Insomnia.
Regular use of caffeine – There are some sodas and energy drinks that come loaded with caffeine. Consumption of even the slightest amount of nicotine and alcohol can disturb sleep patterns.
Side effects of medicines – Certain medicines that are used to treat ADHD, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids can lead to Insomnia.
Medical and mental condition – If the child often gets an asthma attack in the night, has a stuffy nose because of allergies, itching skin, it can disturb a good night’s sleep. Medical problems like muscle cramps, heartburn, thyroid problems, fibromyalgia, can also cause insomnia. Physical checkup of the child is necessary from time to time to detect symptoms of Insomnia. Even snoring associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome can affect children. Neurological problems like autism, Asperger Syndrome, mentally unsound, can lead to Insomnia. Depression and Bipolar Disorder can also affect sleep.
Environmental Factors – Lighting in the bedroom, noise, cold and warm conditions in the room can disturb sleep. Ensure that the mattress is comfortable and the environmental interferences are reduced to a maximum extent. Even the usage of electronic items in the bedroom should be restricted.
It is best to get in touch with a sleep doctor to receive appropriate treatments for Insomnia in children.