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hi im just wondering how to get my 10 year old to sleep at

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hi im just wondering how to get my 10 year old to sleep at a good time ive tried everything he says he doesnt know why he cant sleep but now school work is slipping he also is a twin and his younger twin has cerabal palsey should i get him some councilling im very worried thanks



Do you know what is causing this? Is he anxious/afraid or just wants to stay up late? what does he tell you?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
he doesnt seem tierd even though his eyes do i put him in his bed and he is up straight away doesnt even give his self time to settle would prefer to drop off on the settee where i am but he never goes off before 10 oclock his brain will not switch off

This sounds more like hypomania or anxiety triggered behavior.

You may try to give him magnesium (dosage approrpriate for his age)

Ensure that prior to bed he is not watching TV/using the computer or playing vigorously. These can cause endoprhins to surge into his system and it will keep him up.

You can agree to let him read in bed (but not get out and do anything else) In addition to the magnesium, you can also look at melatonin as a supplement.


If these do not lead to improvement in 2 weeks, then definately get him some counseling to see if anxiety is keeping him up or other worries related to school.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
this sounds exactly the problem he has the world on his shoulders i will take yr advice thanks again

Thoughts can be changed. Anxiety is highly treatable and he will definately benefit from your interventions and reassurance. He may have the traits of a perfectionist (type A personality) If anxiety disorders run in the family, his chances of suffering from it are higher.

For his age, even hypnosis and yoga can help with anxity as well as proper diet


Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Christopher, Ph.D. McCurry and Steven C. Hayes (Paperback)


Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias by Tamar Ellsas Chansky (Paperback)