Does your child have trouble sleeping after a divorce?
Does your child have trouble sleeping after a divorce? Every year, more than 1 million US children experience the divorce of their parents, and shared custody and traveling between 2 homes can make it difficult for kids to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep problems can include everything from thumb-sucking and bedwetting in younger children, and insomnia and oversleeping in older children. Here, we will discuss three ways you can help your kids overcome sleep problems after divorce or separation.
What to do if your child has trouble sleeping after a divorce?
- Double Up! To maintain a consistent routine, keep duplicates of favorite bedtime toys, books or music at both homes. This will make traveling between homes easier, and prevent problems due to haste or forgetfulness.
- Communicate. In order to make the transition easier for the child, both parents must communicate with each other. Set ground rules regarding bed times and other night routines. Children who experience two vastly different situations regarding sleeping in two different homes will not be set up for a consistent sleep schedule. It might take very close teamwork to make this happen.
- Talk to your pediatrician. If problems persist, especially once the living situation has stabilized, talk to your pediatrician or consider working with a support group.
Maintaining a consistent sleep is as important for healthy kids as it is for adults especially if your child has had trouble sleeping after a divorce. KareBoost Health offers Kids Yoga, which is a fun, movement based yoga class specifically for kids. Yoga is a great way to move and reduce stress, which can help with better sleep.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach