Bedtime Routine and Night Time Problems

Bedtime Routine and Night Time Problems

Many of us experience emotional or physical symptoms during the bedtime routine or during the night.  For children this is multiplied again.  I often find when treating both parents and children, many issues occur because of the stress and anguish of the bedtime routine and night time issues.

When emotions are high and you feel exhausted it is really difficult to see whether there will ever be an end to it.  When looking for homeopathic remedies to help you through a situation you need to consider other things that will help to change patterns, habits or routines. 

When you also look at finding a remedy and are given ten or more remedies to choose from, deciding which one is suitable will mean studying the whole picture and finding one that suits your child.   An example of this is a child will not sleep in his own bed.   There are many remedies which might help and finding the right one is a difficult process.  By understanding what is happening, how the child is reacting, how they sleep, when they wake, whether they can play on their own all help you choose the right remedy.

When you consult with a homeopath they will look at the whole picture and consider the relationships between the family members before deciding on the right remedy.  It is often useful to consider the perspective of an outsider to be able to see the whole picture.

Homeopathy is very specific about the hour that symptoms are worse so it is very important to understand that when we experience a change in emotions or a worsening of physical symptoms at a particular time, the acknowledgement and understanding of this will make it easier to find the right remedy.

I have put together some of the rubrics (emotional and physical points to be considered) with their associated remedies, these are the ones where there are less than ten remedies to consider.  For more common symptoms such as fear at night there may be 300 remedies listed and so this information is not useful when looking to find a quick fix remedy.   

You will need to choose three or four in order to find a remedy that fits all. 

Remedies that are useful for night time symptoms:

Evening Routine … Restlessness

Insomnia in the evening
Lycopodium

Worry fret and crying
Psorinum

Jumping on chairs and tables in the evening
Cina

Insomnia when exhausted
Coffea, gelsemium

Screaming in the evening
Chamomilla, cina, zinc

Going to Sleep

Child wants to be caressed
Chamomilla, kreosotum, pulsatilla

Fretful from bedtime to morning but next day lively
Psorinum

Bed feels to hard
Arnica

Will not sleep in the dark but will in light room
Phosphorus or stramonium

Twitching of limbs when falling asleep
Chamomilla

Insomnia from excitement
Ambra grisea, argentum nitricum, carcinosin, colchicum, hepar sulph, nux vomica, phosphorus, pulsatilla, sepia

During the night

Sleeplessness because of activity of thoughts
Argentum  nitricum, arsenicum album, Calcaria carbonica, china, coffea,  ignatia, sulphur

Crying during sleep
Natrum muriaticum

Watchful children … on the look out for every gesture
Phosphorus

Restless children during night
Aconite, arsenicum, kali carbonicum

Kicking in sleep
Belladonna, cina, natrum carbonica, phosphorus, sulphur,

Screaming from dreams
Aconite, tuberculinum

Screaming during sleep
Apis, Arnica, belladonna, lycopodium. psorinum, pulsatilla, sulphur, tuberculinum

Feet must constantly move
Zinc

Sleep talking
Ambra grisea, psorinum

Sleep walking
Kali bichromicum, luna

Bed Wetting

Bed wetting  in adolescence
Lac caninum

In children
Aesculus hippocastanum, belladonna, carcinosin, causticum, china, cina, Equis, kreosotum, lycopodium, medorrhinum, natrum muriaticum, phosphorus, pulsatilla, sepia, silica, thuja,

Difficulty waking the child to go to the bathroom
Belladonna, china, kreosotum, thuja

Bed wetting occurs In first sleep
Causticum, cina, kreosotum, phosphoric acid, sepia

Dreams and night terrors:
Aconite, antimonium tartaricum, calcaria carbonica, carbo veg , lycopodium,

More details of dreams:
Robbers = natrum muriaticum
Of mice = Colchicum
Of ghosts  = Cocculus, sulphur,
Of future events  = dull
At full moon. Natrum carbonicum
Giants = Belladonna
Hiding from danger = Lycopodium
Hair falling out  = Magnesia carbonica
Losing way to house = Magnesia carbonica
Of monsters = Aconite, aloe, belladonna, calcaria carbonica, carcinosin, hydrogen, phosphorus, stramonium

Waking from dreams
Belladonna,  silica, sulphur, cina, lycopodium, natrum muriaticum,

Sleeplessness

Insomnia due to anxiety or fear
Aconite, arsenicum, chamomilla, cocculus, bryonia (3-4am), carcinosin, phosphorus, pulsatilla, staphysagria,

Insomnia in own bed
Aconite, belladonna, coffea, ignatia, nux vomica, opium, pulsatilla,

Insomnia in dark room
Calcaria carbonica, pulsatilla, staphysagria, sulphur

Restless sleep in children
Aconite, arsenicum, belladonna, bryonia, Chamomilla, cina, coffea, ignatia, lachesis, rheum palmatum, staphysagria, zinc,

Eating during the night

Constant desire to eat or nurse
Calcaria phosphorica

Waking

Difficulty waking in the morning
Alumina, calcaria carbonica, calc-p, causticum, lycopodium, nitric acid, nux vomica, phosphoric acid, stramonium, thuja,

Waking every 2 hours
Natrum muriaticum

Waking every 3 hours
Natrum muriaticum or pulsatilla

From Dreams
Ambra grisea

Screaming on waking
Borax

Wakes at daybreak
Lycopodium

Wakes hungry
Aethusa, Lycopodium, phosphorus

Wakes at 5am needing a bowel movement
Aloe, sulphur

Wakes at 6am
Aloe, Argentum nitricum,

 I have put together some more information about the remedies listed here from various materia medica sources so you can see how they fit with your child.

Click through to read about the individual remedies

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