Hyperactive Children & Insomnia
Hyperactive children can present their own unique challenges. We have probably all encountered those children who seem unable to keep still for very long, if at all. Sometimes they may be fidgety and not pay attention. They may be impulsive and lack concentration. Or they may just run around all the time making a nuisance of themselves.
Your hyperactive child may fit any or all of these descriptions, it is also possible they have had a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder(ADD), or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children. It usually starts at about 18 months old, but symptoms usually become noticeable between the ages of 3 and 7.
It is not known what causes ADHD but experts think it runs in families. It could also be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals.
A related condition, ADD (attention deficit disorder) has similar symptoms, but there is less hyperactivity and the main problem is difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms of ADHD include:
- feeling restless or fidgety
- talking a lot and interrupting
- becoming easily distracted
- finding it hard to concentrate
- saying or doing things without thinking
As a result of too much energy and the inability to calm down and relax they may find it difficult to sleep (insomnia), or they may be reluctant to go to sleep because of a fear of the dark, or some other reason.
Hyperactive behaviour can take it’s toll on both the child and the rest of the family.
A few sessions of hypnosis may help, used together with specially written bedtime stories they can listen to before going to sleep (some hypnosis audios are available for children and others may be prepared to suit your child’s specific needs).
If you are having problems with a hyperactive child who won’t go to bed at night give hypnosis a try. Many children find hypnosis an enjoyable, fun experience.