Posted by: Sleepy | 2004/10/25


Sleep troubles

Dear Doc

My almost-4-year-old daughter seems to have a lot of trouble falling off to sleep. She goes to sleep late (even if she is put in bed early) and wakes up early. She tends to lie in bed talking and tossing and turning for mor ethan an hour sometimes before she actually falls off to sleep. I am woried that she is not getting enough sleep and that she may hav some underlying problem that we cannot see on the outside.

I do remember having the same problem, myself, as a child. My parents made sure that I was in bed by 8pm. But I would lie awake, unable to sleep, until an hour or more later. Eventually I resorted to daydreaming/fantasising to pass the time (which had other effects upon my life).

I have tried the usual rememdies, that is, a warm glass of milk before bed, a routine, a story, but none of them have worked.

Any suggestions that there might be some other problem?

Expert's Reply



The most important hting is that your child is a healthy active child during the day. I will still advise a good routine, which is the most mportant. You cannot force your child to sleep, but it is not a major concern if she lies awake in bed for awhile after you have said good night and switched the lights off.

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