Sleep techniques for older children

I’ve mentioned a few times that my daughter has always been a terrible sleeper. She didn’t sleep through the night until she was 2 and a half (and by “through the night” I mean from my bedtime until morning, I’m not talking 12 hours) and even then it wasn’t very often that she would actually go all night.


She is now 8 and once she’s asleep she’s fine, but getting her to go to sleep can be almost impossible, more often than not she’s going to sleep in our bed. I have tried so many different techniques that I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that one of them works for you.

  • Sleepy stories; I love these! They are special stories with hypnotic suggestive phrases to help you fall asleep. They worked for a while with bethany and she still uses them, but it doesn’t work every day.
  • Lavender sleep spray; encourages relaxation and a soothing environment for sleep.
  • Projection light; these project stars onto the ceiling. It gives you something to look at and distract your busy mind from thinking thinking thinking!
  • Massage; I attended a local back massage course and learnt some techniques to soothe and encourage sleep.
  • Breathing techniques; I found an article online which described breathing techniques for bethany to try. So far she has refused to try them.
  • We even went to far as to buy a new mattress and new pillow for her.

I asked some fellow bloggers for further ideas to try and these were suggested:

Hopefully something works soon, as poor bethany is often still awake when I go up to bed and that is really not enough sleep for an 8 year old!

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