Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sleepwalking and Anxiety

If you can figure it out and resolve it, or at least discuss it reassuringly with the child if it cannot be resolve, this may help to relieve some of the anxiety. Sometimes preschoolers sleepwalk as the function of imagination begins to develop. In general, sleepwalking among children tends to peak during preschool years and often resolves after puberty. At least some sleepwalking may be preventable by developing and maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule; going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time each morning. Avoiding mid-day naps may help, as well. Shut off all electronics an hour before bedtime—and minimize exposure to terror-inducing information. Do something restful such as reading a favorite book. Some advocate having a relaxing bedtime routine that ends in the room where the child sleeps.

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