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What is Keeping Our Children Awake?
What is Keeping Our Children Awake?
Top 8 Eight things that keep your child awake at night

1. Insomnia occurs when a child complains of having trouble falling or staying asleep, or of waking up too early in the morning.

2. Nightmares occur late at night during REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep and awaken a child.

3. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a movement disorder that includes uncomfortable feelings in the legs, which cause an overwhelming urge to move.

4. Sleep Terrors (also called night terrors) occur early in the night. A child may scream out and be distressed, although he is neither awake nor aware during a sleep terror. Sleep terrors may be caused by not getting enough sleep, an irregular sleep schedule, stress, or sleeping in a new environment.

5. Sleeptalking occurs when the child talks, laughs, or cries out in her sleep. As with sleep terrors, the child is unaware and has no memory of the incident the next day.

6. Sleepwalking is experienced by as many as 40 percent of children, usually between ages 3 and 7.

7. Snoring occurs when there is a partial blockage in the airway that causes the back of the throat to vibrate, creating the noise we all know. About 10 to 12 percent of normal children habitually snore.

8. Sleep Apnea occurs when snoring is loud and the child is having trouble breathing. Symptoms include pauses in breathing during sleep caused by blocked airway passages, which can wake the child up repeatedly.
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