She has been know to be still awake at 2am!!! No matter what Ive tried nothing works. And of course she is tired and grumpy going to school


Posted by mom75577, 11th August 2016


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  • OP. Thanks to those few that have replied. Unfortunately I have done all those things suggested. And then some. Meditation. Relaxation music. Relaxation apps. Warm baths with lavender etc. warm milk. Natural sleep supplements. She has seen a counsellor to deal with any issues. Also theres a counsellor at school she can see any time if needed. She even has these issues sleeping at other peoples houses. I think might be a case to see GP again and step it up which I really dont want to do and get her relying on medication to sleep. I myself have sleep issues due to health issues so dont want her to end up like me because I know how debilitating it can be. And she is the only one of my 4 kids to ever had any issues.
    Anyone ever had children that have had to be on medication for sleeping problems?



  • Try setting up a regular bedtime routine. Maybe put some lavender oil under her pillow or in a vaporiser. Let her read for half an hour in bed. Good luck



  • I would make sure she is not anxious about anything first… Perhaps talk to the teacher and see how she is travelling at school. If she is not anxious and everything is fine…as above poster said diet and restrict caffeine food.

    Maybe being physically active after school can help… Join a sport, take the dog for a walk or just go for a walk/run/ride.

    Next best thing is meditation! you can buy cd’s / podcasts of sleep meditation where someone with a soothing calming voice can walk(talk) you into such a relaxing state that you can sleep! Before undertaking this make sure your daughter writes down everything she is reminding herself about/worrying about that she needs to do the following day.



  • Poor little thing, must be exhausting. Routine is very important and it may take a while to establish better sleeping habits if this has been happening for a while. The cause of the sleeplessness needs to be explored but a few tips would be examining diet ensuring caffeine and sugar is eleminated, no screens for an hour before bed, the blue light of screens activates the brain, do low stimulus activities before bed, practise relaxation techniques, use oils such as lavender, ensure the environment is darkened, cool but comfortable and be consistent. It is important that sleep time is a calm time, which can be easier said than done sometimes. Hang in there and hope things start to change soon.


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