Young parents With newborns and small children, you immediately recognize the dark circles. Newborns do not have a well-rehearsed daytime rhythm. Babies are hungry at night and need to be breastfed. In some families, this state of sleep disruption puts extreme strain on the partnership and often results in a cycle of insomnia. There are babies who sleep from the first week on with a break of 10 hours and there are babies who keep the family up to infancy at night. Much can be regulated here through patience, humor and solid rituals. However, some sleep disorders in children should be clarified professionally. For example, there is the hereditary disposition of sleep apnea.
Even toddlers who do not develop adequately through the nocturnal breathing misfires. Sleepwalking, Nocturnal confusion, seizures and extreme fluctuations in body temperature are just a few examples that should be clarified by the specialist. When Pavor nocturnus (night terrors), especially the parents are stressed. The child wakes up screaming and can not remember anything afterwards. Often this syndrome disappears without consequences.
The same shadows under the eyes and sleepless nights often have caring relatives . After years of often sacrificial care, the relatives are often sick themselves. Just the repeated nocturnal getting up for storage and toilets leads to a disturbed sleep-wake cycle. Often I advise people who have cared for their sweethearts for years, but then can not sleep. After years of disturbed sleep-wake rhythm, her biological clock has changed. Here, sustainable efforts are needed to re-stabilize the biological sleep cycle.