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Could your child be dealing with a behavioral sleep problem?
Are you having trouble getting your child to go to sleep? Do they refuse bedtimes or get up regularly throughout the night? While this is a common issue for most parents, persistent insomnia in children can affect school performance, mood, and even their health. This is when parents should turn to our board certified sleep medicine physicians in Portland and Astoria, OR, Dr. Radhika Breaden, and Dr. Jennifer Kim for a consultation.
What is behavioral insomnia?
Behavioral insomnia is rather common, affecting around 25 percent of children. Behavioral insomnia is characterized as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, which has a negative impact on sleep quality for both the child and caregiver.
One of the reasons behavioral insomnia occurs is due to negative associations with sleep, which lead to delays or strategies to avoid going to bed. If your child constantly asks to use the bathroom, to get a glass of water or read another story around bedtime, these are classic signs of behavioral insomnia.
Can teens develop behavioral insomnia?
While this is a common issue for young children, older children and teens may also develop behavioral insomnia for the same reasons: they associate negative thoughts and feelings with bedtime or sleep.
Many of them have anxiety around sleep and not being able to sleep, which leads to a cycle in which their worry about not getting enough sleep leads them to actually sleep less.
How is behavioral insomnia treated?
Since this is a sleep disorder with a behavioral basis, this means that many children and teens could benefit from behavioral interventions and strategies that educate the young patient about effective relaxation techniques, meditative exercises and other stress-relieving habits. We can show your child all of these techniques and strategies to eliminate the association between stress and bedtime.
Furthermore, our sleep medicine doctors will also work with parents to educate them on proper sleep hygiene so that they can enforce bedtimes each night and make sure that their child is practicing good sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene habits include,
- Turning off electronic devices before going to sleep
- Creating a warm, dark and quiet environment in which to sleep
- Performing relaxing pre-bedtime activities such as taking a soothing bath
- Reading books and avoiding electronics before bed
- Keeping children’s sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends
Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria and Portland, OR, provides children, teens and adults with the sleep medicine they need to manage sleep disorders and other problems. Call our office today to schedule a consultation for you or your child.
If you aren’t getting quality sleep find out whether a sleep disorder could be a cause
Sleep is such an important part of our daily lives and yet it seems that so many people aren’t getting the quality sleep they need to be fully functional in the morning. From falling asleep behind the wheel to having difficulty performing day-to-day tasks, there are many ways that bad sleep can affect you. Of course, some situations may warrant a visit to see one of our Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep doctors—Dr. Jennifer G. Kim Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Gregory Clark.
You Always Feel Tired
You could have slept for eight hours or more but you still wake up feeling exhausted and unable to get out of bed. This isn’t normal. Someone who is getting the proper amount of sleep should wake up feeling refreshed. If you aren’t, then there is something that is keeping your body from entering the deep sleep you need.
You’re a Snoring Machine
Even if you don’t wake yourself up at night from your snoring episodes you may be a less-than-pleasant bedmate for your partner or other members of your family. If someone says that you snore loudly or that you stop breathing while you are asleep this could be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that our Portland and Astoria sleep specialists need to evaluate.
You Can’t Stop Snoozing
Do you find yourself feeling extremely tired throughout the day? Do you find yourself nodding off at work or—worse yet—behind the wheel? If you are getting a full night’s rest and still find yourself feeling tired throughout the day this is a sign that something is amiss.
You Just Can’t Fall Asleep
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you toss and turn in bed? Do you lie awake for hours on end before finally drifting off? If this problem has been happening for at least a month this could be a telltale sign of insomnia. Let us help you finally get your sleep schedule back on track.
Don’t lose out on any more sleep. Find out what it feels like to wake up refreshed. Call Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR, to schedule your consultation and find out if you could be suffering from a sleep disorder.
At Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria, Oregon, people often contact us for an evaluation after a sleeping partner or family member has told them about an abnormal behavior that they've exhibited during sleep. This is especially true of people who have a behavioral sleep disorder, also known as a parasomnia. Here, our sleep medicine experts discuss the process of sleep and symptoms of some common behavioral sleep disorders.
What are the stages of sleep?
Sleep has five cycles, which repeat themselves throughout the process of sleep and can be divided into two states: non-rapid eye movement (NREM), which makes up 75% of the sleep cycle, and rapid eye movement (REM), which accounts for the remaining 25% of the sleep period. NREM sleep (the first four cycles) are when "deep sleep" occurs. This is thought to be responsible for restoring hormone and metabolic levels.
During REM sleep, the eyes involuntarily move back and forth randomly, while the rest of the body's muscles stop moving and breathing becomes irregular. Your Astoria sleep medicine experts have observed that the brain, however, remains almost as active as it is during times of being awake. REM is the period of sleep in which most dreams occur.
What is sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking happens at some point during the NREM cycles of sleep. People who sleepwalk may simply sit up in bed, while others get out of bed and wander around the house. Others actually perform tasks like rearranging furniture, getting dressed or going to the bathroom. A sleepwalker's eyes are usually open but do not focus on anything and the person will likely not remember the activity once fully awake.
What are sleep terrors?
Like sleep walking, sleep terrors (also known as night terrors) happen during NREM sleep. While night terrors most often affect children, some adults will have them as well. They are characterized as "extreme nightmares" and can include screaming, sweating, heavy breathing and defense tactics such as punching or running. They typically do not respond to others' attempts to wake them, although they can lash out at a person who tries.
What is an REM behavioral sleep disorder?
People who have REM behavioral sleep disorder (RBD) have an abnormality in their REM sleep that disrupts the lack of muscle movement. Those with RBD have been studied by your Astoria sleep medicine professionals and found to have the same level of brain activity as others whose REM sleep is normal, but because they are able to move their bodies freely, they often "act out" their dreams, resulting in shouting, flailing, thrashing, and jumping out of bed. Unlike sleepwalking or sleep terrors, it is fairly easy to rouse someone with RBD.
Contact Your Astoria Sleep Experts
If any of these parasomnias sound like something you or a family member have experienced, we encourage you to contact Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria, Oregon for an evaluation. We look forward to helping you achieve comfortable and restful sleep!