Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders in seniors. People with chronic insomnia may have trouble falling asleep. Others wake up several times during the night, or wake up too early and are unable to fall back asleep. During the day, they often feel fatigued, are irritable, and have poor concentration and energy. Understanding the causes of insomnia in your elderly parent and changing certain habits can help improve sleep.
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Children often sleep alongside parents or siblings as they are growing up. While sharing a bed might ease pressures on families while children are very young, the habit of co-sleeping can pose problems as children mature. Encouraging independent sleep in children as they mature is important for several reasons:. If your child refuses to sleep alone, or wakes up crying during the night, and only stops when you are near, he might be experiencing separation anxiety at night. Night-time separation anxiety is common among children up to 3 years old, but older children can experience it as well. Here are some things you can do to ease night time separation anxiety and help your child sleep alone:.
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Our first three babies were easy sleepers. We felt no need or desire to have them share our bed. Besides, I was a new member of the medical profession whose party line was that co-sleeping with babies was weird and even dangerous. Then along came our fourth child, Hayden, born in , whose birth changed our lives and our attitudes about co-sleeping. Were it not for Hayden, many of our books might never have been written.
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