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I hope other parents among our readers can make some helpful suggestions here.
Some kids do seem to be more worried by cartoons or other TV programming than others. Its usually not a cause of serious problems.
Am I understanding here - she sometimes cries WHILE asleep ? ( this may be related to dreams, not necessarily nightmares ) ; sometimes talks in her sleep ( much more common than most folks imagine ) and also at times wakes in the night.
How is she when she wakes ? Is she calm and settles back to sleep ? Or aroused and anxious and takes a time to settle ?
The issue at school could be stuffiness and some boring teachers. Thumb-sucking is common and a form of self-comforting.
Remember that sensitive kids tend to respond to your anxiety, and to reflect it back to you. SO do remain as calm as you can about this.
At school, presumably, even if at the same school, she is now in a new class since returning in January ?
It will probably settle down soon. If not, a child shrink would be pleased to assess her pleasantly and advise if it seems wise to do anything more about it
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