If your little one isn’t sleeping through the night on a regular basis, it might be time to look into whether they are suffering from a sleep disorder. Besides getting back to a good night’s sleep for all parties involved, fixing sleep issues could also be the key to decreasing risks of anxiety, ADHD, depression and behavioral problems later on. A study found that sleep disorders (particularly insomnia) and mental health issues seem to go hand in hand—children who experienced sleep problems at age four were more likely to develop mental health problems at age six. The study’s author pointed out that while it’s common for children to have periods where they’re getting poor sleep, it’s crucial to take action when an ongoing issue may slide into sleep-disorder territory. For those who suffer from insomnia, just over half ‘outgrow it,’ said the author, which is why treatment isn’t something to take lightly. If you or your family members have struggled with insomnia and other sleep issues, what solutions have you found to be effective? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health
December 3, 2016