My child can’t sleep

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There are dozens of reasons why children can’t sleep but I should like to give you a couple of gems to try out.  Firstly, is the problem that they can’t get to sleep or is it that they don’t stay asleep; very different questions.

If they can’t get to sleep it may be there very active mind that is keeping them awake, dancing from one exciting topic to another. Some people will tell you to ban electronic equipment an hour before going to sleep, which helps,  but grounding is invaluable.  You can imagine roots coming out of your feet down into the ground and to calm your brain notice how many thoughts are circulating currently, vying for your attention.  Then move your conscious awareness down from your head, slowly into your gut.  Now notice how many thoughts are in your head; more often than not the number will have greatly reduced.  Of course, animals help you ground too!

For those that don’t stay asleep, there is an important fact to explore.  Regularly every night we nearly wake up, often about every 1-2 hours. Just after going to sleep the cycle can be as short as 30 mins. If the world is the same as when we went to sleep we just drift off again without realising.  If something has changed; like the light being switch off, radio off, etc we will wake up again and panic about what is going on. Of course, if you do this several times a night you will be exhausted and sleep deprived, as the whole cycle is repeated.  So just make sure everything in a child’s room is the same when they go to sleep as an hour later.

There are many more tips, but these we have found are a good place to start.

#sleep #can’tsleep #grounding

Olive Hickmott

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About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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