How do you get a 6 year old to quit waking up once or twice a night from bad dreams?


Emily - posted on 06/27/2011




What are his bad dreams about? I would try to get to the bottom of why he's having these dreams, what could be causing them. It's not like you can control what dreams he has or whether he wakes up, but it would be important to find out why he is feeling scared. What does he do before bed? Does he have a routine that makes him feel safe and relaxed?


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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/27/2011




Try burning sage for a minute to clense his room. Tell him it's to banish bad energy. Put a bowl of rosemary in his room, which is said (catholic tradition) to banish spirits. Lavender here and there is also calming. I'd give him a few sacks of it to put in his drawers, under his bed and wherever he wants. This may help him feel more confident about falling asleep and trying to overcome the dreams.

However, when you dream it does mean something. So, I would quit with the movies he thinks causing them period. But if he is being chased in his dreams, he feels trapped in his every day life. So maybe try to give him more choices during the day. Instead of picking out an outfit for him, give him 2 to choose from. Little things to help him feel more like a grown up

You can also make a dream catcher and teach him how to twist the middle bead to 'cleanse' it of caught bad dreams. This may also help him sleep better, by focusing on all the good and doing things that are positive.

I'd also give him a totem to focus his energy on, as a 'protector' sort of icon. He can hang a photo of it up and think of it attacking his dreams before he sleeps or soothing him through his dreams. (wolf, swan.. can look them up online and see which one you think fits him the most)

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I had nightmares every night for a year when I was 5 cuz my parents mistakenly took me to a freaky haunted house for Halloween.... a one time event screwed up my sleep for an entire year.

One of my girls (at 7? or 8) had nightmares of fires off and on for about 6 months after watching Bolt.

Having a nightmare every night, once or twice a night IS a bit 'excessive', but as you can see from above..... things can stay in a person's head for a LONG time. I don't have any magic cures, unfortuately, so good luck!

Alison - posted on 06/27/2011




I have tried talking to him to see what may be causing it. He claims that it was due to a cartoon he may of watched before bed such as Scooby Doo and zombies. So tried limiting those, but still hasn't helped. He does have a routine before bed. We do a movie or game, then bath time, snack time, story time and lights out. He also has a night light as well.

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