Posted by: Felicia | 2012-02-13

sleep disorders

My two children are age twelve and eight, at night they battle to go to sleep at 20h00. Why is this. Do they never get tired enough. Every morning when they wakeup they are tired. They usually go to sleep at 21h00 until 22h00. They are bussy the hole day. They are not coach potatoes so they do not watch tv. When they get home from school at 17h45 they go and play outside until 19h00 when they come inside to eat and bath. What can I do to make them more relaxed before they go to sleep, so they can fall asleep easier and quicker?

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You have not mentioned what time they get up. As children get older, their sleep needs gradually reduce until they reach adult levels. The 12-year-old in particular is probably starting to come close, and might need to get to bed a bit later.

Make sure they have enough time to wind down before bed - there should not be anything which excites them. A calm bed-time story, some relaxing time with Mom and Dad, and a good bed time routine are important. Especially for kids who are as busy as yours seem to be, an hour or so of "quiet time" at the end of the day is important. Also a great time for you to bond with them, and get an idea of their problems and frustrations of the day.

Many people take up to an hour to wake fully in the morning - that alone is not a concern. However, if you are worried you could discuss this with your pediatrician.

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