Exhaustion, Fatigue, Sleeplessness, Tiredness
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School-aged children still need somewhere between 9 and 12 hours of sleep at night. At this age, they usually start a trend towards becoming more and more sleep deprived.
A child is getting is getting the right amount of sleep if they:
Unfortunately, not getting a good night's sleep can affect a child’s mood and behaviour during the day, leading to school and discipline problems. Sleeping studies have showed that less sleep at night means more behavioural problems during the day, poor sleep in children with bad grades in classes such as maths, reading and writing and some studies show that sleep disturbed children have more depressive symptoms and anxiety disorders.
Symptoms of childhood insomnia can include:
Bear in mind, that children diagnosed with ADHD usually have sleep problems and not getting a good night’s sleep can make all of the symptoms of ADHD worse. Similarly, children who appear to have symptoms of ADHD may have a sleep disorder and the ADHD symptoms go away when the root of the sleeplessness is addressed.
Sleep problems can be classified into two major categories, within which there are over 30 types. The first is dysomnias. These disorders are seen as either excessive sleepiness or difficulty in maintaining or initiating sleep. In children, dysomnias may include:
Insomnia is a disruption of the sleep cycle that includes difficulties getting to sleep, difficulties staying asleep, and possibly early morning awakenings. In children, insomnia can last a few nights or can be long-term, lasting weeks. Children with sleep anxiety may have insomnia. Other insomnia triggers include daily or chronic stress, pain or mental health issues.
If your child has insomnia, here are things you can do:
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