Chronic Sleep Disturbance

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Chronic Sleep Disturbance

In general, babies sleep about 16 hours a day when newborn, dropping to about 14 hours when a year old. Five - Ten year olds sleep for about 11-12 hours per night. Sleep disturbance is very common in infants. Sleep problems tend not to cause the children themselves any developmental problems, so parents are often simply reassured and offered no further guidance. However, prolonged sleep disturbance is an important issue because it can put such severe strain on adults, and therefore on the entire family.

Repeated sleep disturbance may be caused by:
Physical Factors, Physiological possibilities, Social factors such as over-stimulation, or Temperature of the room.

When to seek further professional advice
If your child suffers from sleep disturbances you should take them to the doctor for further advice.

Alternative Treatment

Aromatherapists might well suggest giving the child a hot bath at bedtime containing a relaxing blend of essential oils.
Other therapies that will help are: Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Alexander Technique, Auricular therapy, Hypnotherapy, Kinesiology, Art therapy, and Autogenic Training.

Traditional Treatment

A doctor should try to pinpoint the cause of the sleep problems, looking not just at the individual but also the family as a whole.
Behavioral therapy will help to teach the child to sleep through the night. In severe cases they should be referred to a specialist paediatric sleep clinic. Sedatives may be offered on a short-term basis.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18