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Sleep problems and sleep disorders in children range from nightmares to night terrors to bedwetting.
Examples of sleep disorders in children can include:
- Frequent awakening during the night
- Talking during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up crying
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Night terrors
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Waking early
Many childhood sleep problems are simply related to poor sleep habits or to anxiety about going to bed and falling asleep. To help minimize common sleep problems, a parent should develop consistent bedtime and regular bedtime and sleep routines for children. Help can be sought at a sleep clinic if you think your child has a more serious sleep disorder.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|