Many children will experience difficulties with sleep, nightmares and/or night terrors. Most children will grow out of them and they will not cause any long-term harm to your child.
In many cases there may be no obvious reason why a child has trouble with sleep. However, sleep disturbances, nightmares and night terrors may all be more common in children following significant life events such as loss of a loved one, parental separation, bullying, change of school/home, a traumatic experience and children who are struggling with emotional difficulties including anxiety, and low mood.
There are several things you and your child can do to manage these difficulties and this guide contains many tips that you might find helpful. Not everything in here will work for every child, therefore it is important that you try things out and work together to find out what does work. To help with this, there is a sleep diary and dream journal that you may like to use to keep track of your child’s progress in the PDF document below.
If you are concerned that your child is continuing to experience difficulties, you may wish to discuss this with your GP. If you believe that your child’s difficulties with sleep are linked to other emotional difficulties or started following a loss or other significant life event, you may wish to consider making a referral to us for further support or guidance.