Posted by: Samantha | 2010/07/14


10 yr old doesnt sleep through the night

My 10 yr old son has suffered with night terrors since about 3 yrs old. They are less frequent, when his is overtired.

He is confident boy in the day but he becomes anxious at night. He will go to sleep and an hour later he will wake up the first time for the night and then wake again at 12pm.

I have tried melantonin and calcuim mag. He has been to see a counsellor. They say its anxiety. But it as he doesnt go into his proper sleep cycle. Please advise.

Expert's Reply



I am sure that you know all about night terrors by now.Children with night terrors do not get a proper night's rest as they do not enter the REM sleep phase which is so important in the sleep cycle. there is no known treatment for night terrors, but all children grow out of this problem when the are adolescents.One thing you can do is to estimate the time when he is due to have his night terrors and wake him up about 15 minutes before he usually has the night terrors. Let him go to the bathroom and then after a short time of being awake let him go back to bed. Make sure that he does not drink any caffeine-containing drinks during the day such as tea, coffee and colas. Keep the house and especially his bedroom quiet and peacefull at bedtime.

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