Resource Center Ask Dr. Andy - Two of My Kids Get Night Terrors. What Do I Do?

Question:

Two of my kids suffer from night terrors. That means a full night of uninterrupted sleep is a rarity at our house! What should I do for my kids? Do I need two Lully Sleep Guardian devices? And how can I get them to help one another through their night terrors?  

Dr. Andy’s Advice: 

First of all, it’s worth it to help both your children with their night terrors! Many people consider night terrors a phase that will pass on its own, but that can take multiple years. We created the Sleep Guardian to help you put a stop to those episodes within just a few weeks, saving your family countless nights of peaceful sleep.   

If you want to treat their night terrors at the same time, you will need two Lully Sleep Guardian devices. That said, they won’t work correctly if they’re in the same bedroom or in bedrooms that are next to one another on the same floor. The devices connect to your phone via Bluetooth, so if they’re within 30 feet of one another, it may be confusing to know which Sleep Guardian device your phone will be activating. The further away you can space your children who experience night terrors, the more effective your strategy will be.   

Do your kids share a room? Or you just don’t want to invest in two Sleep Guardians? Another option would be to spend 4-8 weeks using the Sleep Guardian with one child, and then spend the next 4-8 weeks with the other. This concentrated period of effort should gradually help phase out night terrors, and you may not need the device as often after that. Once both have had their 4-8-week period with the Sleep Guardian, you could switch its use between children as you please.  

Getting your kids to help one another with night terrors is a bit harder than setting up and using the Sleep Guardian! The best thing you can do is have the older child help you put the younger child to bed at a reasonable time. That can help regulate their sleep schedule so the Sleep Guardian can go off at the perfect time to prevent a night terror. Teaching your older child to help tuck in their sibling can be a great exercise in maturity as well. That said, pulling this off is easier said than done, so don’t stress too much about having your kids act like model citizens around bedtime.  

If your children understand that they’re having night terrors and have questions about them, make sure to let them know that their night terrors are not unusual, harmful or anything to worry about. Spending some time answering their questions about sleep, dreams and nighttime can lead to interesting discussions that can be beneficial for the whole family. Grab our Dream Talk printable to start a fruitful conversation with your child.  

I hope I’ve helped to answer your question. Best of luck!  

-Dr. Andy  

 

About Ask Dr. Andy: Dr. Andy Rink is a physician trained in General Surgery. He’s also the CMO and co-founder of Lully. After growing up watching his sister experience night terrors, he devoted his research to putting a stop to them for other families. In this column, Dr. Andy will share his expert opinion on night terrors, both from a medical standpoint and from an experience standpoint. Got a question? Ask us on Twitter using @lullysleep. 

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