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More than Phones and iPads Keep Them Awake!

The last two nights my 12-year-old daughter has been having a hard time falling asleep.  My husband and I thought that with two kids over the age of 8, we would be over the late night wake-ups...sadly they are back, and I hope they don't last.

Many people believe, and I am one of them, that keeping technology out of kids' bedrooms is a positive thing.  Absolutely.  That stimulus isn't there anymore and they won't be up late at night on their iPads or phones (my kids don't have phones yet).  Well, last night was night two of my daughter not being able to sleep, and her iPad doesn't go in her room.  Night one, she came to us, and we talked to her, calmed her down, and she was able to go back to bed and eventually fall asleep.  Last night, however, was a different story.  I had to go to her room and lay with her to help her to calm down.  She gets too overworked worrying that there is a bad reason why she can't get to sleep.


When I walked into her room, I was overwhelmed.  Of course, she can't sleep!  I walked into a glowing blue room from not just one, but FOUR extraneous lights she has going on!  In addition to that, she had her radio on.  I first shut off her blue lava lamp, then the light on her diffuser that was set to the blue mode (she knows blue can be calming).  Next, I walked over to an outlet in her room and unplugged a light that projects an image on the ceiling, and finally, I laid in bed with her and reached over to shut off the radio AND the light that she has on the radio that was set to BLUE, of course.  I settled into her bed in the hopes that she would be able to calm her mind, but it was my mind that was abuzz now as I couldn't believe how many sources of stimulation she had going on in her room!  Sure, it may appear to all be meant to calm her, but that blue glow was overwhelmingly bright, and the radio - a distraction.


We lay in darkness and I prayed she would fall asleep.

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