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There's A Monster Under My Bed!

Giving a child control of their fear is the first step to sound sleep for all. For some children, nighttime fears are common, and can interfere with falling asleep.  This can result in a child stalling at bedtime, not getting enough sleep, and/or being sleepy and irritable the next day.  So how is a parent to deal with these “monsters”? Part of normal development is imagination, and for younger children the ability to tell the difference between real and imaginary is not yet developed.  In addition, all rational thought is gone when a child (or adult) is tired at night.  So simply telling your child that there is no such thing as monsters will…

What Causes Nightmares?

Five surprising reasons for your dark dreams If you had hoped to grow out of your nightmare stage, but find that you suffer from them as an adult, too, you’re not alone. While nightmares are more common among kids, 50 percent of adults have nightmares. These frightening, too-realistic dreams can leave you feeling rattled, and in more severe cases, they can cause sleep deprivation—which is linked to heart disease, obesity, and depression. There are a number of reasons why you may have nightmares, including: Eating Before Bed: A pre-bedtime snack can increase your metabolism, which causes the brain to become more active and can possibly lead to nightmares. If you notice that you have…