night time anxiety in 9 year oldMy 9 year old son used to feel some sort of separation anxiety on Sunday nights during the school term. .His back then teacher was not the most sensitive person and my boy would often tell me that he's not enjoying school. He was fine from Monday to Saturday, but once the weekend would be nearing to it's end, he would become clingy, wanting and needing my company, cuddles, especially at bed time. He would say he feels very sad to have to be appart from me. There would be tears before he would fall asleep and then he would wake up around the same time (at 11pm), covered in sweat and would shout for me in a quite scared voice. At first we didn't even realise, that these Sunday night wake ups were actually sleep talking, calling for me, even when I would be right next to him, he would shout and cry, often saying he's scared, not feeling safe, there would be restless behaviour, twisting, pulling his duvet, moaning, sobbing, sitting up in his bed. I would end up taking him to my bed and he would not remember in the morning why, or how he ended up next to me. I've noticed, that on the nights I would let him go to sleep in my bed, he would sleep well without waking up.
I've tried pulsatilla 30, then 200, 1m with no effect.
School summer holidays came and all the Sunday night sad moods were gone. He was his usual happy self, sleeping in his room and sleeping well, without any waking up or sleep talking.
Then in September, the new school year has started. My kid loves his new teacher and is enjoying his school days, but just before the back to school - the Sunday night time worries came back. And very quickly it became not only a Sunday night worrying, clinginess, but more like an anxiety around bedtime, every night. He is again, waking up around 11-11:30pm, covered in sweat, shouting for me and behaving as before. It quickly became quite bad as my boy would start worrying about sleeping arrangements (he was dreading going to sleep alone and even in my bed, I would be asked to stay with him...) already in the afternoon (around 4pm). I'm/everyone in the family trying to be supportive, I stay with him, I'm not making a big deal out of it and we're talking about those feelings that worry him so much. He says there is nothing in particular that scares or upsets him, but he just can't stand the thought of being alone in the night, especially if he wakes up and can't go back to sleep... he worries about upsetting others in the family with his current needs for company and daily thanks me for all the things we're trying to do in order to help him. I've given him Phos 200 night, morning, night 1 week ago. I don't know if his confidence has grown a bit, or the remedy actually helped, but he's now much more positive during the day and is going to sleep on his own again, but still wakes up every night at the same time, covered in sweat, shouting for me and doesn't remember any of this in the morning.
He's a very bright little man. Often cheerful, happy, talkative, caring, very loving, sensitive and very creative, popular among kids and adults - that's why the Phos as the last remedy. I've given him another dose of 200 last night, but am not sure if there is any noticeable change.
I'm now wondering if I should have tried Ars alb instead? Night aggravation, disturbed sleep, cold sweat, fear of being left alone? It also compliments Phos?
Would very much appreciate your advice. Many thanks!
[message edited by miaki on Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:28:19 BST]
miaki on 2014-10-02
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