All of us had experience bedtime anxiety and this feeling usually occurs when, as we crawl into our bed and about to go to sleep, a thought suddenly hits us and it kept us awake worrying about what may happen in the future or even at the moment. Such experiences are stressful because it will lead us into having inadequate sleep, which could affect our activities in the morning.
There are many ways to cure anxiety attacks, and to cope with anxiety at bedtime you need to figure out ways on how you can help yourself manage it. The first thing that you could do is to stop trying to fall asleep and focus on resting as you lay down. You cannot sleep if you will force yourself to sleep, that is why it is better for you to divert your attention to your bed and the sheets that are touching your body.
There are also several children who are experiencing the same problems and if it could be stressful to adults, just imagine how difficult it is for the kids. At some time, majority of kids may experience bedtime anxiety and it could be manifested through crying, stalling at bedtime and inability to sleep.
If you are a parent of a child who is dealing with such anxiety, do not worry too much about this because such condition is manageable. There are many ways to handle this kind of problem and the first thing that you should consider are the things that work for you and your child. If your child is playful and you are also comfortable in creating fantasy, you can think of ways to calm your child by including “magic flashlight’’ or “monster spray” in convincing them that everything is fine. Another way to deal with the problem is by being straightforward in reassuring them that they are always safe when they are at home.
It is also important for you, as a parent or guardian, to be consistent in giving comfort to the child so that both of you knows exactly what to expect. The child will be able to relax because they know what happens next, like bedtime stories or bedtime songs. You can also teach the child to fall asleep on her own and to comfort herself by giving her a transitional object such as pillow or a teddy bear.
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