Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 3

Sleep problems

Getting son Will to sleep has been a nightmare for mum Xersha. Rarely sleeping more than two to three hours a night, Will constantly needs his mum’s presence in his room and Xersha cannot refuse. Dr Dawn says that Xersha is unconsciously rewarding Will’s behaviour by keep going to him when he wakes up and advises that they see sleep specialist, Mandy Gurney for help. Mandy sets in motion the gradual retreat programme; every evening Xersha will move further away from Will’s bed when he goes to sleep. After four months the plan has worked, Will now sleeps through most of the night and after a decent night’s sleep he is a much happier and energetic child.

The EB team would like to thank:
Mandy Gurney, Sleep Specialist
Millpond Sleep Clinic

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Wow, what a relief to know i'm not the only one. My son is 13 months old and has NEVER slept through the night. He goes to bed fine every night at 8pm and wakes at 7.30am every morning but wakes up so much though the night. He cries and thrashes his body about. It's begining to effect so much of my life and I've had a disciplinary at work for errors i've made through being exhauseted. I've been to my doctors so many times but they claim its just what babies do and didnt help me and when I spoke to my health visitor, she tried to say that I was making a fuss over nothing and tried to claim I had PND!?!?! It just seems like it's never going to end. It's completely put me off giving my son a brother or sister :(





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My son is almost 2 and does not sleep for more than 1 - 2 hours at night. He has no problem in going to bed and falling asleep and will often ask to go to bed but wakes through the night and ends up sleeping in our bed. The Health Visitor suggested sleeping in his room and patting his bottom when he woke up to settle him and he would sleep through after approx 2 weeks, i slept in his room for 6 weeks on an airbed and he still does not sleep through. Controlled crying did not work either.





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I would love a solution to this too. My 18month old has always had a bedtime routine and goes to bed fine and even on his own now. But still wakes up 3-4 times a night. Over the past 18 months he has slept through the night maybe 10-15 times. He has a dummy and soft toy comfortor and normally I can just put his dummy in and he is back to sleep. Recently during the hot weather he also had a viral infection and high temperature so we started giving him a little bottle of water when he woke up in the night to cool him down and send him back to sleep. Now 3 weeks later he ia still waking up and now asking for a drink (water) and not just taking his dummy, but will if he has had a bit of a drink first approx 1 oz. Is the drinking causing him not to sleep more than normal? Is he now depend on a bottle during the night? What can I so to get a full night sleep? Waiting for some lovely advise

my son is 2 years 4 months old and will not sleep through the night in his own bed. he will sleep all night if he is in my bed. me and partner then have to sleep in seperate rooms as theres no room and my son moves around alot. how can i get him out of this routine and get him to go sleep in his bed and sleep all night, the health visitors have tried to tell me its a behavioural thing and he will grow out of it. i have tried the controlled crying but it gets to much when hes making himself sick because hes crying so much, i tried to ignore him but i would end up just putting him into my bed, this has been going on for 4 months now. but i want something sorting now, sooner rather than later, hopefully. he sleeps for around 1.5hrs and 2hrs just after dinner time.





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Hello, we just watched the show.. our daughter (34 mths old) will not sleep through the night. She ghoes to bed at a regular time, but several times throughout the night cals out. if we dont go in then she starts crying and yelling out.she says that she wants toliet, or she is cold, etc, but these are just a ruse to get her mum into her room after which she will go back to sleep quite easily. She used to wake at 5am and be given a beaker of milk, and this has been pusehed back till 6am after which she will sleep for about another hour if we are lucky. She still has a lunch time sleep cause she is so sleep at lunchtime due to not sleeping properly. The show tonight focused on getting the child to sleep. how can we get her to sleep through the whole night, and maybe avoid the afternoon nap. any help would be greatly appreciated as my partner and daughter have not had a decent nights sleep ever (i live away from home alot). thanks..





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