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Children Having Trouble Sleeping – Gentle Sleep Training Can Help

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One of the main concerns today is children having trouble sleeping. We have all seen the advertisements on television and in magazines that tell you how your child can be soothed with a bedtime routine and that bedtime is the time when they relax. But is this really true? Does letting your child sleep in a different room at night work for them? The answer depends on a variety of factors.

Different Causes Of Child’s Restless Nights

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It would be very difficult to experiment one true cause of difficulty for every child who is having trouble sleeping. There are probably many different causes that can contribute to your child’s restless nights, and not all children will experience the same things. However, there are common characteristics like lack of sleep quality, too much sleep, restless sleep and poor sleep habits that are usually the culprit. These things could include the use of electronic devices in the bedroom, poor sleep position, no exercise or a poor diet. Other things could include anxiety, depression and even illness.

Children at different stages in their lives have different sleep patterns as well. Children in the early months of life are much more likely to have problems sleeping than older children. In order to see if your baby may be having trouble sleeping you must check their sleep habits. Some children ages 9 months to 15 months are not able to sleep at night and may have a restless sleep pattern.

Babies Between Two To Four Years

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When we talk about having trouble sleeping, we normally are referring to babies that are between two to four years of age. At this age, they have to go to bed at a certain time each night, so it is important to set their bedtime a certain time as well. This way they learn to get bedtime at the same time every night. You might consider using a gentle setting on the thermostat to set your baby to sleep. Letting a gentle flow of air circulate over their body can help them fall asleep easier.

Children who are five to nine months old usually do not have a good sleep pattern. They have a lot of activity during the day and usually eat a large meal later on in the evening.

Disrupt Child’s Circadian Rhythm

This can disrupt their circadian rhythm, which affects when they need to go to sleep at night. You might consider using a humidifier to add extra moisture to their room. Adding a gentle fan to the bedroom at night time also helps to promote good sleeping habits. Again, letting your child get plenty of restful uninterrupted sleep is the best thing to do with any sleep problem.

Children nine months to twelve years of age can start taking better care of their sleeping habits. They are ready to begin learning and controlling their sleep cycles. If you think this is an appropriate age, then you can begin introducing natural ways of teaching them to fall asleep. Some parents prefer to use natural sleep training methods while others prefer to use professional methods. In either case, gentle, peaceful imagery before bedtime can help to transition children into a calm, peaceful state. The best approach is to combine gentle imagery with encouraging words and positive reinforcement in order to train a child to enter a deep, restful state.


The goal of gentle sleep training is to set realistic expectations and to be patient. You want to be consistent and remain calm and in control. It is OK to say “no” to your child if they are not responding as you would like them to. Remember, children are very adapt at learning when you show affection, but they are not fools. Persistent, gentle, consistent love and understanding will help to ensure that your child grows up to be a well-balanced person who is able to sleep soundly at night.

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