My 11 year old just started having this issue, too. Apparently it's very common at this age, especially as they are entering puberty.
Obviously everyone is different and the root cause of sleeplessness varies between kids but here's what's helped our son:
* No screen time starting one hour before bedtime * Pushed his bedtime back 30 minutes (this had a huge positive impact) * We added an Echo Dot in his room and he plays beach sounds (and sets a time for 3 hours)
We also watch what he eats and when.
The screen time was a big thing and now that he's sleeping better, he insists that he doesn't need to have the screen time limited anymore LOLOL
I keep explaining that if he's allowed to have screen time before bed, he's going to revert back to having problems falling asleep.
But, yes, it's worth checking with a doctor, if you're concerned - after all, no one knows your child like you do.
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my 10 year old has ADHD and has a hard time winding down to sleep at night. I've started giving him the Zzzquil Pure zzz's for kids and just tried the Zarbee's Brand for kids, "Children sleep" and he likes that one as well. Both brands help him fall asleep naturally and wake up well rested. He actually likes taking them. Both brands are gummy.
I usually engage my boys in a game of ultimate frisbee, catching throwing and chasing the disc if they aren't able to sleep. In my experience of motherhood, physical exhaustion is the best way to direct their overwhelming amounts of energy and to ensure a peaceful night of sleep time.
Definitely check out "sleep hygiene". Many times, kids have trouble sleeping not because of what they're eating (barring caffeine!), but because of the conditions surrounding bed time and their sleep environment.
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i am a retired pediatric RN. I worked in the sleep lab and on the clinical floor with many patients with sleep disorders.
I am not saying your son has a sleep disorder. I just want to give you my background.
If you like you can message me personally. I can ask you a few questions and give you my feedback.
I can also post links on how to establish better sleep habits in children. I will need to search for reputable medical and alternative nutritional information for you.Would you like me to post links on "sleep hygiene"?
Happy to help :)
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Is this a new problem? If so, I would first look at habits, is there screen time close to bedtime? Is your child having caffeine during the day? If either of those is true, change that for several weeks and see if it helps. You could try chamomile tea or warm milk with lavender and honey before bed.