Night Terrors: Coping with Fear During Bedtime
What Are You Afraid Of?
We are all familiar with nighttime fears. Sometimes it feels like, even as rational adults, that something is going to come out of that closet. We like to believe that we grow out of the fears that paralyze us as kids, but the reality is that sometimes what we watch, read, or stress about can creep into our dreams or keep us wide awake deep into the night. Something as simple as a change of scenery or spending a night alone can make our anxiety levels rise. It is, however, a different experience when your children are kept awake by fear.
For the last several nights, Ava and Alexis have been scared to sleep in their new room. Of course, they are in the same room they have always been in but, after the room makeover, they haven’t seemed to settle. I don’t think the new decor is a problem. However, the new bed situation may be the source of our issues. Have you ever woken up in a hotel or new house completely disoriented or scared? I think the new position and type of bed is causing that kind of discombobulation for the twins.
When 10:30 hit the other night and the girls were super upset, we found Alexis climbing up to sleep with Ava. We don’t have an issue with this as long as they are sleeping, but it made us realize that the girls just don’t like to sleep alone right now. I kind of get why. These girls have literally never slept a night apart from each other. It makes sense that when things are new and uncomfortable, that they seek each other’s company to calm themselves down.
Where Do We Go From Here?
I don’t know what exactly is scaring them because they both insist that this is just an adjustment period that they have to go through. But we, somehow, have to make it comfortable for them to sleep in their room without fear. If you have seen the video that we did to cover this, then you know that the girls ended up escaping their room and sleeping on the floor of Jersey’s nursery. As cute as it was the Little Buddies were together, we still want the girls to feel comfortable and safe in their own space.
We don’t have an answer for this yet, and we are still working with the girls every night in hopes that we can find the key to fix this. I know when stress is keeping me awake, I often turn on Hoarders on Philo. I can even watch on my phone so I’m not bothering Justin while he’s asleep. But that won’t help the girls. So, we want to hear from you about what your kids are afraid of at night and what coping mechanisms you use to get them to sleep.
Comment below, Subscribe to our YouTube Channels, and Like and Follow us on Facebook for updates and more from our family! Also, we just posted a video on Jersey’s channel and we think you’ll want to see it!