My 11 year old is having trouble sleeping

Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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She is in full blown puberty, and this summer her sleep patterns are completely off. She is up all night even after I make sure she is in bed. Then the child wants to sleep all day. She is a complete mess...moody, short tempered...I wonder why....and my efforts to keep her up all day just make for a very long day for me. then guess what, she isn't tired and up all night she goes. Im not sleepy.. that is what she says. Alot of her friends have no bedtime at all during the summer, which I think is a mistake, but her lack of sleep or sleeping during the day accompanied by her moodiness and general oscar the grouch syndrome is disruptive to our home. Anyone else have this problem and what did you do to address it?

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Ann - posted on 07/11/2012

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my daughter is 12 and last year she had some major sleep issues too. She would have terrible anxiety at bed time but as fast as it started, it ended. I never thought we would get through it. She was a mess. But now looking back, I can hardly remember being there. Puberty can really mess with them, just try to be as patient as possible. It can be very trying!!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/11/2012

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Thank you all so much for your replies. I think we all will be grateful when Laura is back to her old self.

Louise - posted on 07/11/2012

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You need to reset her body clock and eliminate any distractions. First of all make her exercise during the day, either take her swimming or horse riding or on a long trek, anything to get her moving. Then make sure she is eating three meals a day and that her dinner meal is not full of fat or sugar, no junk food. Good healthy family meal. Then 2 hours before bed remove her tv, phone and computer. No hand held computer games nothing electrical at all. Encourage her to have a bath to relax and a warm drink not coffee just before bed. This should encourage her body to slow down and relax enough to sleep. Do this for three days solid and this should reset her body clock. The problem these teens have is they are just dropping off to sleep when ping goes the phone and they get drawn into that days gossip and get wired. Both my sons went through this and I did this to them. They protested of course but it helped and them knowing it was for three days made it easier. At times they did have periods of not sleeping but at least they knew what was keeping them awake and would do something about it themselves.

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Michelle - posted on 07/11/2012

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The reality is when kids hit puberty their inner clocks change, it is a proven fact that teenagers would do better going to school in the evening then throughout the school day as for the first half of the day they are zombies, my son has these issues as well and our doctor recommended he take a light sleeping pill for a few days to get him back on track worked like a charm.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/11/2012

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thanks Louise, I will try that....she likes for me to read to her before bed, but I haven't done it in a while, I think its time to get into something like that with her again...she always slept like a baby when I did that.

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