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My Kids Don't Sleep – What Should I Do?

My Kids Don't Sleep – What Should I Do?

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My kids are great but never sleep! Since they don't sleep it often makes for cranky kids! They are young, so I want to help them develop better sleeping habits. Any body have any tips?

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LisaEygabroad LisaEygabroad 3 years

Ask your pediatrician about Melatonin. Mine has my 5 year old on 10 mg. Dont get worried about drugging your child with this because it's all natural. Whatever your childs body doesn't use they pee out in the morning. Your body makes Melatonin to induce sleep when your tired. You can get it over the counter in a few forms (gummy, liquid, pills, gel-caps) Now it wont make then sleep but with my 5 year old it seems to make her relax just enough for sleep to take hold.
Also remember that they have to stay on schedule if bedtime is 9pm don't push past more then 10 or 15 minutes. Bedroom should have no stimulants (TV, computer, video games) Lights should be out and stay out at a certain time. No exceptions. Hope this helps.
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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
i hit post before I wanted to. I don't say this to say that you should just give up or that every child is this way. Most are NOT. My daughter has some of my sleep issues, but can be put to bed at the same time each night as long as I'm strict during the day. She cannot oversleep in any way, or it spoils it. I also second a very short bedtime routine..our daughter is younger, so the example pertains to that.. We bathe her early in the evening, and it isn't involved in her routine. What works best for us is no alternatives or distrcations. She is dressed in her jammies, teeth brushed, and tucked into bed with a ridiculous amount of stuffed animals. Then its lights out, music on, and good night. She gets fussy or starts fighting if it lasts any longer then this or we linger. But I don't think youll be able to get more then a few suggestions here. You will have to figure out what works for your kids, even if that means nothing works.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I'm another person who from birth didn't sleep well. I can honestly say in 24 years of life I have never been able to sleep more then 5 hours a night, 5 very interrupted, delayed, fitful and uncomfortable hours where i sleep for 45 minutes or an hour.. and am awake for another one or two. The sole exception to this was during my two pregnancies, when I sleep for a more well rested 6 hours.. lol. My mother brought me to doctors, put me in bed anyway, ran me ragged with exercise, nothing had any effect. A major portion of my childhood memories are of long, long, long, long nights staring at a darkened roof unable to sleep. We were put to bed at 7:30-8:00 until teenagers, becuase my mother just honestly thought if she kept up the routine, it would work. Nope. I wouldn't be able to fall asleep until well after midnight, and I would be up again well before dawn. Some people just have sleep issues. My only option is medication, which i just don't really want to do. Not becuase I don't like it, but because im used to it now, and it doesnt seem like such a big deal.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
It's kind of hard to answer this question without more information. How old are the kids? Where do they sleep? Obviously they sleep SOMETIMES or they would be dead, so exactly how much are they sleeping and what times?
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
My daughter is only 18 months old, so I don't have a ton of experience, but I feel we're doing pretty well in the sleep department. Since she was about two months on we've had a bedtime routine going every night. Bath, lotion & jammies, brush teeth, read a book, and tuck into bed (I usually sing her a little song too before I put her down). When she was only two months old she obviously didn't always go to sleep after this, but we did the routine at the same time every night just to show her that it was sleep/quiet time. About half an hour before this begins we turn off the T.V. if it's on and any distracting noises and have some quiet time to wind her down before bed. We've done this routine in the same steps every night for 16 months now, and it really helps signal in her brain that it's sleep time! So I have to say routine has been the most helpful. I also find that putting her to bed at a decent hour (she goes to bed about 7:30-8, but it all depends on your child's needs, age, etc.) really helps. She does wake up early (usually around 6:30), but has a good two hour or more nap. The less sleep she gets, the earlier she wakes up, and the more irritable she is. So I definitely think a set bed time and a nap is key. I'm not sure how old your kids are though, so they might not necessarily need a nap during the day. I agree with liamsmama though, if you have tried everything else and nothing seems to be working, I would check with a doctor to make sure there's not an underlying issue. My brother has had strange sleep patterns for years and had to be put on a medication just to regulate his sleep. Good luck!
liamsmama1 liamsmama1 7 years
I have a 9 yr. old son with the same problem. I had been telling the Doctors since birth that something just isn't right. They kept telling me that he would eventually settle in and have a rountine. WRONG! It's been 9 long years of not only him not sleeping, but that makes me not sleep either. And I agree, he's an awesome kid! Gets good grades, kind, sweet, funny. But the child never has to sleep. I noticed it affecting his appearance though, dark circles under his eyes. Finally about 4-5 months ago, the Dr. agreed to put him on medication that helps him sleep. Now, this was a whole debate because of medicating your child, but overall, this has been a blessing in disguise. He's sleeping through the night, he's eatting better and he looks better. I'm not advocating meds, but I know in our case, we had tried it all. I wish you the best of luck. I know how frustrating it can be!
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