Sleep is part of our lives. When we sleep, we rest both physically and mentally. During wakefulness, the physiological balance in the body is gradually impaired, so sleep is essential to restore that balance.
Sleep disorder is spoken of when a child begins to have difficulty in daily activities due to sleep problems. Sleep disorders are common and, despite common beliefs, affect children. Some forms are more common in children and some in adults. No child has had trouble sleeping at least once, but we talk about the disorder when the sleep problem causes the child to have difficulty in daily activities: he is tired, drowsy, have trouble concentrating on learning or starts avoiding school trips due to his sleep behaviour, because he is ashamed.
It is difficult for any parent to accept when they discover that their child has a sleep disorder.
However, recent studies show that nearly 30% of children have a sleep disorder at some point in their lives.
While sleep disorders can come with varying degrees of severity, most of them can be treated.
The reasons for sleep disturbance can be different; from overeating, mood swings,behaviour,problem,injuries, concentration
Parents need to recognize the signs of a sleep disorder so that they can start treatment on time.
The usual signs of sleeping problems are snoring, nightmares, difficulties falling asleep, breathing pauses, sleepwalking, problems with sleeping during a night.
Here you can find a few tips to improve your child’s sleep.
It is important to emphasize that all sleep disorders can occur in both adults and children, but some are more common in children. Sleep disorders from the parasomnias group are more common in children, and most disorders spontaneously recede after adolescence. Narcolepsy and hypersomnia are most common in adolescents, and insomnia is more common in adults, although it can also occur in children.
Treatment for sleep disorders is individual. We should always consider whether the sleep disorder is accompanied by other diseases (mental or physical) or maybe psychoactive substance use. Intense nightmares and nightmares are often associated with separation problems in children, which can be treated with psychotherapy. Only in exceptional cases are medications prescribed
What is important is that parents recognize the signs of a sleep disorder so that they can start treatment on time to treat the underlying cause of the problem, and not, as often parents do, treat the symptoms of sleep problems.
Enough sleep and regular physical exercise are essential for our health. Although everyone recognises this, it is not well known that the two activities influence each other.
In our latest blog we will explain how to get the most out of these two essential activities.