Sleeping problems

Sarah - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 years old and wakes up every night crying/screaming. It has been going on for years and I'm at the end of my tether! She has to go to sleep with a video and light on or she won't go to bed. Sometimes she is not "with it" when she wakes up, like she is still in her dream and doesn't remember it the next day. Other times she gets herself so worked up she makes herself sick. There is never anything wrong and she doesn't know why she has woken up. It can be hard to get her to go back to sleep again. This happens for a few weeks then stops for a bit, then starts up again but I can't seem to figure out a trigger for these so called "night terrors". Has anyone got any advice?

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Laurie - posted on 09/05/2009

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My 8 y/o does the same thing. Hope mine grows out of it to. It usually happens when she had a long day or something has bothered her. She also goes to bed listening to her mp3 or watching a video or the light on. So I try to make her day after school peaceful before bed & that does help sometimes. good luck i know all about the restless nights.

Janice - posted on 09/05/2009

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My 4 1/2 year old does the same thing. I can't figure it out either. Her days don't seem any different than the others. She does drink a little warm milk before she goes to bed, maybe I should stop that. She doesn't get herself sick, but she wakes up about an hour or so after she went to bed just crying and sometimes just having a fit. I can't even calm her. She is still asleep. I just have to wait it out. It is very frustrating to say the least. These incidents are getting farther in between thank goodness, but now she is waking up around 4-6 am and coming into bed with my husband and I. If I try to get her to go into her bed she starts crying and has a fit. Being so tired it is just easier to let her sleep with us for a couple of hours before we get up. I am just hoping this is a phase and it will pass. I know some day she won't do this. I keep telling myself enjoy the time with her now cause when she is a teenager things will change. Anyhow, if you get an answer, please let me know. Good luck to you.

Carrie - posted on 09/01/2009

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One the night she wakes up like this has she had a really hard day? Like playing or a long day at school? My daughter is like this sometimes and she is 8. When she has had a tottally exausting day she will talk in her sleep or get up to go to the bathroom/drink and you try to talk to her and it's like she is in a different world. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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