How to spot a sleep problem
When you say enough is enough
We believe that you decide if you child's sleep is a problem.
It does not make you a bad parent or selfish in any way to want your own sleep - it is a basic need. Child sleep problems are common, but are often not understood or recognised - leaving families in crisis, unnecessarily.
If you are feeling permanently exhausted and overwhelmed, and the time has come for you to get help - we believe that reaching out and sharing the problem with us is the first step to solving it.
Below is a list of just some sleep problems and how they may present. However, we believe each case is individual so If you would like to discuss any of the below issues, or perhaps one not listed, then please contact us - we are here to listen and to help.
Your child may have a sleep problem if they are;
- Waking throughout the night –Night waking can not only prevent your child from achieving their correct amount and quality of sleep, which may affect their daytime functions. It can also negatively impact on parents, siblings and family life.
- Waking up for the day early – There can be a number of factors that contribute to waking too early. Making bedtime later too quickly can often make things even worse. These early wakings can result in over tiredness and may lead to unsettled children during waking hours.
- Feeding all night – Every child is an individual, but most children of a healthy weight and no health concerns, are ready to stop feeding at night around 6 to 9 months. Please note if you are uncertain or have any questions regarding your child's health you must seek advice from a health professional immediately.
- Night terrors/nightmares - Nightmares will wake a child and leave them distressed and often with a memory that they are able to recount to you. They may also take some time to resettle and need the light on or extra comfort. Night terrors can be distressing to witness as a child can be screaming and shouting – but they do not actually wake the child.
- Anxiety at night- Worries about “monsters under the bed” being scared of the dark or any other issues that my manifest in anxiety/distress at being “left” or going to bed/into bedroom.
- Resisting sleep –delaying bedtime, in and out of bed, calling out for you/one more kiss/story/ another drink etc. Crying/shouting for long periods of time and only falling asleep when exhausted. May also need to sleep in parents bed or refuse to sleep unless certain conditions are met.
- Seeming to "not need" sleep – This may also result in challenging behavior at nighttime and during the day.
- Not able to sleep until the early hours – Usually more common in older children (although not always) despite going to bed, some children may be simply unable to sleep until the early hours.
- Unable to wake for nursery / school / college – Extreme tiredness leading to inability to wake for the required start of the day. This may also cause irritability and difficulty focusing/ functioning.
- Requiring medication to assist sleep –Prescribed by a Doctor as a “last resort” to children who have exhibited extreme sleep issues that are impacting on their/their families daytime functioning. Medication may still be required for some children, but it should also be supported by good sleep hygiene.
Please note: None of these explanations constitute or replace medical advise. Child Sleep Support are able to provide assistance with sleep management issues only, and should you have any medical concerns, issues or questions you should seek advise from a health professional before beginning any kind of support from Child Sleep Support