Sleep Problems

Getting enough sleep is extremely important for the health of children and teenagers as they grow up. Unfortunately, many of them are affected by a variety of sleep problems that can greatly affect their school and home life.

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Problems

Many of the children we treat experience sleep problems such as:

  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Waking up too early
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Sleepwalking


This can trigger issues such as:

  • Behaviour problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Mood swings, irritability, aggressiveness
  • Restlessness, anxiety

Causes of Sleep Problems

As with adults, there can be many reasons why children don’t sleep well. In our experience, the most common include:

  • Fear of falling asleep
  • Fear of being alone at night
  • Fear of the dark
  • Going to bed too late
  • Periods of stress and anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Certain illnesses

How We Treat Sleep Problems

At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine, we have found acupuncture, laser acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be especially effective in the treatment of childhood sleep disorders. According to each child’s specific needs, we will use it in combination with Tuina massage and naturopathic advice to rebalance the child’s body and regulate their sleep patterns.

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

Our son is almost one year old now, and since he was born he’d never managed to get a full night of sleep. And neither did we! We tried everything we could, but nothing worked. At the suggestion of a friend, we decided to try Chinese medicine - we didn’t know that it was possible to use acupuncture on a child, but they were very reassuring on the phone. After a few treatments of laser acupuncture, and some changes in his diet, our son started to be able to sleep longer without interruption. Everyone in the house can get a full night of sleep now, and feel a lot more rested.
Noam F.

People Say

When she was two and a half, our daughter Aya stopped being able to sleep peacefully. It happened gradually, after the death of her grandparents’ dog. Understandably, she started having nightmares and waking up crying in the middle of the night. The pediatrician advised us to wait it out a few weeks, but it only kept getting worse. A friend suggested that we bring her to Nei Jing, and it was a very good decision. Acupuncture seemed to help her deal with anxiety and grief, and she’s a lot better now, and sleeping well again.
Shira J.