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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.
Find out more about restless leg syndrome and how it can be treated.
This sleep movement disorder is surprisingly common, affecting approximately one in ten American adults according to the Sleep Foundation. Restless leg syndrome is a condition that results in sudden and uncontrollable urges to move the legs while at rest. If this is something that’s happening to you our board certified sleep medicine physicians in Portland and Astoria, OR, Dr. Radhika Breaden, and Dr. Jennifer Kim can help you get your symptoms under control.
What causes RLS?
Genetics may play a role, as people with a family history of RLS are more likely to experience RLS symptoms themselves. Low levels of iron may also result in RLS. Certain medications can also trigger symptoms.
There are certain factors that can also increase your risk of RLS. These risk factors include,
- Chronic disorders (e.g. diabetes)
- Age (more common in middle age)
- Gender (women are more likely to develop RLS than men)
What are the symptoms of RLS?
The classic symptom of RLS is an uncomfortable and intense need to move your legs while sleeping or lying down. Symptoms are often worse at night. Along with this sudden urge to move you may also notice a tingling or crawling sensation in your legs. RLS symptoms can range from mild to severe and symptoms can make it difficult for someone to fall asleep or stay asleep. As a result, RLS often leads to poor sleep quality and daytime exhaustion.
When should I see a doctor?
If you are experiencing RLS symptoms regularly and it’s affecting the quality of your sleep then it’s time to consult with one of our sleep physicians. Not only can we diagnose RLS but also we can help manage the condition.
How is RLS treated?
While RLS is not reversible there are ways to manage your symptoms. Sometimes mild RLS symptoms can be reduced through simple lifestyle modifications including,
- Getting regularly exercise
- Soaking in a warm bath at night
- Reducing alcohol and caffeine intake
- Maintaining good sleep hygiene and following a sleep schedule
- Massaging your legs
If RLS is caused by nutritional deficiencies our doctor can talk to you about different supplements to include in your diet. There are also medications that can manage your symptoms.
If you think you’re dealing with restless leg syndrome then call Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria and Portland, OR, today for a proper evaluation. We can work with you to create a treatment plan to reduce uncomfortable RLS symptoms.