How do I get my 12 year old to sleep at night?
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Rachael - posted on 11/23/2012
Make then chew mint gum for a long time in bed as if going to bed with a trash can near the bed. This method is very trustworthy indeed. They will chew and chew and chew for a long time ( make sure they are in no possession of electronics at all this will ruin the method of sleep ) then when they feel drowsy they will want to spit the gum out and go to sleep and will surely do so and sleep.
Julia - posted on 10/27/2010
Hi, My son had a hard time going to sleep & our paediatrician prescribed him Melatonin. It's a naturally occuring chemical which, when you have it in the right quantities induces the sleepy/go to sleep cycle.
I believe you can by it from a drugstore in the states. They take it half an hour before they want to sleep & there are no side effects.
Trisha - posted on 01/19/2015
Here are a few things you can try. Meditation being one of them.
We personally use melatonin at our house. It is a natural chemical your body creates to give you that "omg, I am so sleepy" feeling.
Reduce distractions in the bedroom: No TV, no phone/ipod.
That age is also full of drama, and she could be kept up from standard insomnia. Maybe talk to her and see WHAT is causing her to stay up late.
Rebecca - posted on 03/07/2013
My daughters the same she's 13 you just need to ask her what's wrong and comfort her then on a night spray night spray on her pillow and give her a glass of hot coco,then put one of your clothing In her bed so she thinks your still there
Annie Louise - posted on 10/09/2012
my twelve year old had the same thing all you need to do is just ask her/him if there is anything stressing them about lately at that age he/she might be stressing about things at school mabey they arent fitting in
Janine - posted on 03/03/2011
Im thinking hormonal. My 12 year (nearly 13) son is having the same trouble, and I also know of a couple of other kids in same grade that are the same. We are trying everything - BUT drugs ! Goodluck and try to be patient.
Desiree - posted on 11/03/2010
If you go to your closest pharmacy they can give you a natural product. But in all truthfulness this seems to be a problem with 12 year old i think it may be hormonal. I am having the same problems with my 12 year old girl.
Caroline - posted on 11/02/2010
Among all the other wise advice above, you can also try to give her a soft massage with an oil preferebly with lavender in it.
Is she ready to wake up in the morning despite the lack of sleep. In that case she can be one of these children who doesn´t need that much of a sleep. I have a eleven y/o son who need at most eight hours of sleep (if I am lucky). No late weekend mornings here...
All the best!
Nichole - posted on 10/27/2010
My 10 year old has always had problems sleeping. Recently he has been complaining that his back hurts.My husband took him to his chiropractor(which I know some people don't believe in) and it has helped a lot!
What is her complaint? If you find out why she can't sleep maybe it will help you find something that will help.
Marilee - posted on 10/27/2010
Does the child snore? Has this been happening for a long time? My son had this problem. He has recently had his tonsils and adenoids taken out and it has resolved most of this problem. He has also increased his exercise and this has worked wonders as well.
Leighanne - posted on 10/27/2010
You should maybe find out why she can't get to sleep. If it's too much energy, you could try getting her to go for a walk or playing a sports game before bed. If it's bad dreams you could try to figure out what is trigging the her bad dreams. She may need a white noise machine in her room. If your really worried, and it's starting to effect her day because she is tired, talk to a ped, she may have something like sleep apnea. Good Luck and let us know how you make out.
Here are some ideas:
Cut off TV, computer and games 2 hours before bedtime and have her read instead.
Warm bath followed by bedtime.
Glass of warm milk (triptophan (sp?) works, I hear)
Set a later bedtime.
Get rid of white noise in her room.
Add a pom of calming herbs in her room, like lavender.
Don't let her drink sugary drinks or caffeine a few hours before bed.
Jo-Anne - posted on 10/24/2010
I have a 7 year old with ADHD and I give him 3mg of melatonin at night and he falls asleep no problem now . Without out it he would just go all night long. His doctor says that it is fine for him to take you can purchase it at Walmart,
Daria - posted on 10/22/2010
i had my 13 y/o read before going to sleep and now i am doing the same for my 11 y/o. It works. helps them slow down their brains and helps with better dreams....be careful with what she eats before going to bed and also this is probably a hormonal thing...
It could be a lot of things causing the problem. Her diet(too much sugar, eating to close to bedtime causing stomach ache,not eating enough so she is hungry, ect.., sleep disorder (sleep apnea, insomnia, ect.) she could be worried about things and like adults we use night time to lay in bed and think about them, depression, adhd. The list could go on and on. Be more specific what exactly is going on. Does she share a room, has it always been this way or did it just start. I think if you are more specific in your problem you could get more help.
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