Real Patients: Sleeping Problems


Real Patients
Pacen had some trouble with sleep initially.

Blake did experience night terrors, which was a first for our family. We weren't sure quite what that was.

As new parents, we didn't really understand how his bedtime should be.

He would wake up screaming, but not really respond to us when we're calling his name or trying to talk to him.

We would rock him to sleep and then he'd fall asleep and we'd put him in his crib.

It was very scary as a parent because it's something you couldn't control.

You can imagine going to sleep in somebody's arms and then waking up in a cold bed. Of course, you're going to scream.

You didn't know when the night terrors were going to come or when he was going to sleepwalk. It would happen randomly.

If you're changing around the schedule all the time, then they're going to have problems.

The whole household would hear him and not sure what was going on.

Sleep is almost always the parents' problem and not the kid's problem.

The doctor told me that my son had what was called night terrors and that was a common thing to experience for children. He taught me how to deal with the night terror at night.

Kids are creatures of habit.

Our doctor suggested having a bedtime routine limiting the screen time, the TV time.

If you set up sleep time to be the same every night. The same bedtime, the same routine.

Making sure he didn't have any caffeine or sugar or anything that would stimulate his brain.

Same reading schedule, those kinds of things, then they tend to sleep really well.

Taking a nice bath, maybe reading a book and then putting him to bed to help with that.

It's a good idea to put your kids to bed sleepy but awake.

He gave me some handouts that I took home and I read. We used those to help get him through the night terrors.

When they wake up in the morning or the middle of the night, which everyone does, they're going to not freak out.

Some safety advice too for the sleepwalking. Just to ensure that he was safe if he did sleepwalk at night. Making sure he didn't go out any doors.

If you set yourself up correctly to begin with, then long-term you're going to save yourself a lot of trouble.

Blake's night terrors lasted about a year, then all of a sudden, he didn't have them anymore. So that was really good.