At Lully, we believe that children who suffer from night terrors deserve a safe, sound, natural sleep. That means finding solutions that are proactive, and that don’t rely on chemicals and medications. Parents dealing with night terrors can feel like their options are either too limited, or too invasive. We designed the Sleep Guardian to give you more control over your child’s sleep.
Our approach is grounded in both medical knowledge and firsthand experience. For us, the drive to provide a non-medicated solution comes down to the following key facts.
Medications are rarely used to treat children’s night terrors.
There are a couple reasons behind this. For one thing, night terrors actually fall into the category of benign conditions, meaning they don’t have any harmful impact on the child experiencing them. Since most children outgrow night terrors, doctors will often advise parents to combine a “wait it out” mentality with non-medicine approaches—things like consistent wake and bedtimes, relaxing pre-bedtime routines, and making sure the child gets the right amount of sleep. These types of lifestyle changes are all good habits for children to have anyway, but they can be particularly helpful for kids with night terrors. They also have a game-changing advantage over medication: no risks or scary side effects.
Night terror medication is used as a sedative, so it comes with all the risks of a sedative.
With night terror medications, the name of the game is sedation. Psychoactive drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, and other antidepressants, are used to zonk kids out to the point that their sleep cycles don’t leave any room for night terrors. What you need to know, though, is that it’s possible for these medications to have undesired effects on a child’s mood, behavior, daily functioning, and long-term health. If you think these sound like worrisome risks, you’re not alone. Most doctors and parents are concerned about the knowns and unknowns of medication, so it’s only considered for specific cases of night terrors.
When medication is prescribed, it’s because the child’s night terrors are dangerous, extremely frequent, or haven’t responded to any other treatment. (We’re talking a “last resort” situation.)
So when would a doctor consider prescribing medication (like those listed here) to a child with night terrors? One scenario might be if you’ve tried all other non-medication options but your child’s night terrors are still extremely frequent (occurring nightly and during naps, for instance). Another case might be if a child’s night terrors included a lot of movement or sleepwalking that put him in danger of falling or hurting himself. The key word to keep in mind here is extreme—medication is generally considered a last resort, so you and your doctor would need to consider your situation extreme enough for the risks to be worth it.
While a “wait it out” mentality may be encouraged for children with night terrors, waiting isn’t ideal, especially if your whole family is losing sleep over this problem. That’s why the Lully Sleep Guardian 2 might be the solution for you. It comes without these side-effects, and doesn’t leave you playing the waiting game.
Let us know if you want to talk about its effectiveness or if you have any other questions. Just hit us up on Twitter at @lullysleep and we’ll be happy to help.