40% of children, with the start of school, have episodes of insomnia. Often it is wrong habits that cause the problem, which you can face …
The problem of insomnia manifests itself more and more often among children: concerns about changes, separation from classmates and teachers, quarrels with peers, birth of a little brother or sister, stress in the family are the most common causes of this disorder in children. This was shown by a study carried out by the Society of Preventive and Social Pediatrics and by the Society of Primary Pediatric Care.
From the project “We like to dream”, which involved pediatricians and families and investigated the duration of sleep and the individual and family habits of 2,030 children between the ages of 1 and 14, it emerged that only 68.4% of children in this age group sleeps quietly with a greater percentage in the North (72.9%) than in the South (62.8%).
The moments of “junction” are those at risk of insomnia
Even children who usually sleep without problems can suffer from episodes of insomnia. This takes place mainly in moments of “hub”, such as the transition from nursery school to kindergarten, from kindergarten to elementary or even to high school, and can be phased or last for months. In most cases, in addition to lack of sleep, children complain of nightmares and unmotivated fears.
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Via bad habits and children’s insomnia disappears
According to the study, the children who fall asleep in the parents’ bed are 26% at 5-6 years and 20% at 7-9 years. And a high percentage of children put in place harmful behaviors for restful sleep: only 48% of small children read before falling asleep, while 72% of children in the 5-9 age group use TV, video games, tablets and computer before bed.
Experts confirm that most of the time it would be enough to avoid these behaviors to resolve the disorder. Here are some simple precautions for a correct sleep hygiene, recommended by Dr. Francesca Casoni, neurologist and collaborator of MEDICATION, a national medical center dedicated exclusively to sleep medicine.
- Do not use video games, tablets, computers or TV one hour before going to sleep. Parents, forbidden the use of mobile phones in bed!
- No to chocolate, drinks with caffeine, to very sugary substances 3-4 hours before going to bed. The ideal would be to have dinner at least two hours before bed.
- Avoid intense physical exercises at least an hour before going to bed.
- Send your children to sleep at the same time and create a pre-sleep ritual (such as brushing their teeth, putting on their pajamas, reading a story)
- The environment where the child sleeps is very important: it must be comfortable, quiet, dimly lit.
- Help your children to leave worries when it comes time to go to sleep.