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How to Fix Kids' Top 4 Sleep Problems

2. Nightmares continued...

Everyone has nightmares. But are you having a lot of scary dreams? If so, think about what you're watching on TV or the games you're playing before bed. Skip the scary movies and violent video games.

Also, take time to calm down and relax before bedtime. Spend a few minutes breathing slowly and deeply, listen to some calm music, or read your favorite book.

If the nightmares won't go away, ask your parents to help. You can find out what else might be causing the bad dreams -- like stress at school.

3. Snoring

Does your family tell you it sounds like there's a chainsaw coming from your room every night? You can't always know when you're snoring. It's nothing to be embarrassed about, because you can't help it.

Kids snore for a lot of reasons, including a stuffy nose or big tonsils.

Sometimes, snoring is a sign of sleep apnea -- when someone stops breathing for a few seconds over and over again during the night. Your brain has to wake you up each time to force you to breathe again. You can’t feel it when it happens. But all that waking up makes you sleepy in the morning.

Solution: How to Have Silent Nights

Talk to your parents if you snore most nights. They can take you to the doctor so you can get tested to find out why. You'll go to a hospital or a special sleep clinic and stay in a room that's like a hotel room. A doctor will use machines to check your breathing while you sleep.

If tests show you have sleep apnea, here are some things your doctor may suggest:

  • You may be able to use a machine to help you breathe at night. It doesn't hurt.
  • Your doctor may talk to you about healthy eating habits to help you grow into your weight.
  • You may need to have your tonsils and adenoids taken out.

4. Sleepwalking

Some mornings, does your mom tell you she found you wandering through the house in the middle of the night? You don't remember getting out of bed, but you've been sleepwalking.

Solution: How to Stay in Bed

Most kids outgrow sleepwalking as they get older. For now, have a safe path if you do wander out of bed. Make sure all the doors and windows in your house are locked so you can't sneak out. And work with your parents to talk to your doctor about what's going on.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 31, 2016
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