Trouble Falling Asleep
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10-year-old can't fall asleep, has trouble waking– Feb 2, 2023(8 replies)
10 year old child does not know how to fall asleep. It sounds very strange but in the last 2 weeks, we have had a couple of nights of child staying up almost all night. Some nights they fall asleep past midnight. I would not be worried if the child is getting enough sleep but they have a hard time getting up in the morning. I don’t know what to do. I often fall asleep before the child and the child wakes me up wanting me to help them fall asleep or I hear noise and wake up.
the child’s room is dark (their preference), we have a white noise machine, temperature is kept cool but not cold. Honestly the child has the most luxurious beddings. Child is active at school and does not eat chocolate or consume caffeine in the evening.
the child appears incapable of falling asleep on their own and seem to sleep when the exhaustion becomes severe and they pass out.
we have Kaiser. Do we ask our pediatrician to connect us to a sleep specialist? Should we seek a therapist for insomnia? This seems highly unusual. Child is obviously sleepy because they look horrid and yawns constantly. But why won’t they sleep! I thought this sleep thing will get better once we pass the baby stage. 10 years later, it is hardly any better than when the child was 10 months old. I am losing it. I need sleep and I need my child to get 9-10 hours of sleep daily. I don’t know what to do.Feb 2, 2023
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