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Why Is Your Child Is Not Sleeping Well?

Your Child Is Not Sleeping

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Reasons Why Your Child Is Not Sleeping Well – And How To Fix It


If your child is not sleeping well, it can cause concern for any parent.

Lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems for kids – from crankiness and irritability to decreased focus in school. So why is your child having trouble sleeping? And more importantly, what can you do to help them get better rest?

Let’s discuss four common reasons why children have difficulty sleeping and offer suggestions on correcting the problem.


Bedtime Ritual


Kids need to have a bedtime ritual, especially a routine that is calming and relaxing. If your child doesn’t have one, create one with them. Whether it involves reading or playing soothing music or taking lavender baths, the goal of the ritual is to wind down before going to sleep, so they don’t go into their room feeling overstimulated and wired. Temperature is also important for a good night’s sleep. Make sure your child’s room temperature is comfortable and not too hot or cold.




One of the most common reasons children do not sleep well is nightmares. Click To Tweet


If your child is experiencing frequent nightmares, try to identify what might be causing them.


Nightmares can stem from traumatic experiences, stress or anxiety, watching too much scary TV or movie content, or simply feeling overwhelmed with life. In some cases, medication may be necessary to help correct the problem. However, there are also things you can do at home to help reduce the occurrence of nightmares. Talk to your child about their dreams and reassure them that they are safe. Limit exposure to violent or frightening content before bedtime. Finally, you can also help them develop positive sleep associations by tucking them in and saying goodnight every night.


Spinal Alignment


Spinal alignment is another common reason why children don’t sleep well. If your child’s spine isn’t aligned correctly, it can lead to discomfort and insomnia. To correct the problem, it may be time to book an appointment with a Pediatric Chiropractor. They will evaluate their spinal alignment and adjust their spine as necessary. Chiropractic stimulation has also been used for decades on babies with colic, but it is also effective for improving sleep quality in older kids too! A chiropractor may also advise you about how to help your child improve their sleeping posture at night so that they can stay comfortable throughout the night without having any back pain.


Snoring And Teeth Grinding


Snoring and teeth grinding are two more common reasons children struggle with getting a good night’s sleep. If your child is snoring or grinding their teeth, they may have an obstructed airway that needs to be cleared up. It’s also important to note that children with allergies tend to snore more than others, so if this sounds like something you’ve noticed in your household, make sure all pillows are washed regularly and odors/ contaminants from pets are minimized throughout the home as much as possible!


Final Thoughts


If your child is struggling with sleep, don’t despair! There are many things you can do to help them (and yourself) get the rest needed. In most cases, it’s simply a matter of identifying the root cause of the problem and addressing it head-on. With a bit of effort and some helpful advice from professionals, your child will be sleeping through the night in no time!


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.