Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Debbie | 2012-05-25


Restless (at night) - 3 year old

Hi there,

My 3 year old daughter is an extremely active child, and when she goes to sleep at night –  it seems her brain doesn’ t “ shut down”  –  so she is constantly talking and moving and fighting and calling me during the night. She is not tired in the mornings, (although under her eyes are a bit puffy and dark) and she seems to sleep well through all the activity going on –  although we are still having an oopsies with night time potty training every now and then –  but she wakes up if she has wet herself.

The thing is that the constant talking, shouting, etc during the night is actually taking more of a toll on me I guess–  as I tend to wake up every time she calls or talks or whatever –  so I am not getting a good nights sleep.

I assume that the over activity at night is not “ dangerous”  to her health –  but is there perhaps any sort of way I can help her to have a more peaceful nights rest, and in turn myself. We have a calm night time routine, and she goes to sleep easily and in a relaxed mode.

Am I just being selfish and should I just “ stick it out”  and leave her well enough alone, or should I help her “ shut down”  better at night?

Thanks for the info!

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about your daughter as she appears to settle well when she goes to bed and falls asleep easily. She may be having some night terrors which are common at this age,but she does not wake with these which is unusual. Try giving her Rescue Remedy drops before bedtime and see if this helps her to sleep more soundly.

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