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Stephanie Watson

With  more than 10 years of experience as a freelance health writer and editor, Stephanie Watson has written or contributed to more than two dozen books on topics ranging from obesity to genetic disorders. She is also a regular contributor to several online and print publications, including HowStuffWorks and Cancer Monthly. Watson holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Boston University.

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How to Fix Kids' Top 4 Sleep Problems

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It’s not always easy to get a good 10 hours of sleep a night. Maybe it’s scary nightmares that jolt you awake. Or you may have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Maybe it's your dad's loud snoring that keeps you up.

Whatever the reason for your restless nights, it's something you need to work on, pronto. If you don't sleep enough, you can't think clearly and focus in school. Plus, it can just make you feel lousy.

Check this list of kids' sleep problems to see if you share some of them. Then learn how to solve them and get better Zzz’s!

1. Trouble Falling Asleep

The same stuff that stresses you out during the day can stick with you all night. Worrying about a school test or basketball game? Then your mind is too busy to let you go to sleep.

It's boring tossing and turning. But when you can't go nod off, it can also make it hard to get up in the morning. That can make for a really bad day.

Solution: How to Get to Sleep

Try one (or all) of these tips to get the shut-eye you need to wake up rested.

Get on a sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night. Turn off the TV or computer about 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Use that time to do something that relaxes you. Read or take a warm bath. Feeling relaxed will help you fall asleep.

Create a good sleeping space . Make your bedroom comfortable and quiet. Wear comfy PJs. Close your bedroom door to block out noises.

Talk over your worries. If you’re wide awake every night worrying, talk to your parents or another adult about what's bothering you. You could also keep a journal. Write down what's on your mind. It can help you stop thinking about it. And it may help you think of what to do to feel better.

2. Nightmares

Scary dreams can snap you out of a deep sleep and get your heart racing. They may make you too afraid to close your eyes again.

Solution: How to Have Sweet Dreams

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