Help! Daughter afraid to go to sleep
||Mon, 06-16-2003 - 12:10pm
I need some advice on how to handle this - Our 13 yr old daughter has suddenly become worried about not being able to go to sleep at night and she has been up most of the last few nights crying and saying that she is scared and lonely. This is so out of character for her - she is a happy, well-adjusted kid. She hasn't really been able to explain to me what the problem is, only that she can't get to sleep and is really worried about it. She told me she dreads all day going to bed at night, and last night she was up crying saying she was scared and lonely and nothing helped. She has been asking to have friends spend the night and she told me that she asked that so she would have someone there to sleep with her.
I have suggested all the usual things - reading, going to the bathroom, etc. I even let her have the TV in her room (she left it on all night). She also left her door open, and I thought about letting her have our dog sleep with her, but I am running out of ideas. And mostly I am worried about what started all of this.
Does anyone have any experience with this - why would a kid suddenly feel like this? Any suggestions would be really appreciated!