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Trouble Sleeping

Trouble Sleeping
I can't go to sleep at night sometimes. Do you have any ideas on how to make me go to bed?

Reply from the Highlights Editors
There are times when everyone has trouble falling asleep. If this happens to you often, though, we encourage you to talk about it with your parents. They will probably have some good suggestions for you to try.

It's a good idea to spend the last hour or so before going to bed doing quiet, relaxing kinds of activities. In this time you might read, take a warm bath, or join in fun, family activities that don't require a lot of running, jumping, or moving around. It might also be helpful to listen to quiet, soothing music as you lie in bed. If you do that, though, be sure to talk to your parents first so they'll know what you're doing and will help you find appropriate music.

One more thing: Watch what you eat in the evenings. If you snack on foods that are high in sugar or caffeine, it can cause you to be sleepless.

We hope these ideas help you. You can also ask a teacher or another adult for suggestions. Somewhere along the way you're sure to find a suggestion that works just perfectly for you!

Best wishes,
The Highlights Editors