Why Do Children Struggle with Sleep?
My kiddos have all struggled with sleep over the years. My youngest 2 especially have struggled with sleep. As a matter of fact, my youngest didn’t sleep through the night until she was over 3 years old. It sucked the first 1 1/2. After that, I was used to it. I stopped stressing over it.
The major benefit I received from getting crappy sleep for 3 years is that I no longer need as much sleep as I used to. I can stay up late writing my books, blog posts, and content writing for others!
Of course, I can go into the gas station 3 times and still not get everything I was supposed to get. It’s the gas station. It’s not like it has that much stuff in it.
My husband keeps asking, “What’s wrong with you? I’m the one that has brain damage.”
What’s wrong with me? I’m a mom! And, a wife. I work full time and I run several side businesses. That’s why I can’t remember anything. LOL
And on a slightly scary note, my grandmother has dementia, but on the bright side, it didn’t start effecting her until she was in her nineties.
Who else can’t remember sh*t? I can’t be the only one.
Why Do Children Struggle Going to Sleep?
• ADHD – The same centers of the brain keep them awake that keep them from being able to focus during the day. They can’t turn “it” off and relax.
• Anxiety – Some children fear the dark and have vivid imagination: monsters in the closet and under the beds. We have a cute song that we sang that my daughter watched on YouTube, “There are no monsters in my home”.
• Control – Kids don’t want anyone to tell them what to do. They are “bigger”.
• Missing Out – Children don’t want to miss anything. They’re sure you’re having a party or eating junk food as soon as you send them to bed. Don’t think they don’t know what you’re doing standing in front of the refrigerator with a spoon and a now empty tub of icing. They know!
• Frustration – Children are very in tune with their parent’s feelings of anxiety and frustration. If they know you’re upset that they aren’t going to sleep, they’ll feed off of it. Not on purpose, but as a feeling of being “keyed up”.
• Attention – Children love your attention and want more of it. You’re awesome!
• Overtired – When children are overtired, they can’t shut off their minds.
• Over-stimulation – If there is too much going on in their environment, they’ll struggle shutting off their brain and relaxing enough to go to sleep. Siblings, toys, TV, and books are examples of things that can cause over-stimulation. It’s chaos to them.
• Worried – They’re worried about the toy they broke or a test that is coming up and are trying to avoid going to sleep and having to get up the next day and face it.
• Nightmares – Some children have nightmares and can’t return to sleep or are afraid to go to sleep in the first place. There are times that your child might not realize that they had a nightmare, but their subconscious does.
What struggles have your children had with sleeping? How did you overcome them?
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