Gifted Children – Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep.”
(Contritbuted via Jerry Blumengarten)
Sleep can be elusive for many gifted children. Many parents reported their children saying that their minds began racing at night preventing them from falling asleep. It was also noted that gifted children simply seemed to not need as much sleep. According to Webb & Kleine (1993) and Winner (2000), 20% of gifted individuals need less sleep; 20% need more. Sleep patterns remain well into adulthood. Nightmares/Sleep Terrors/Sleepwalking appear to be more prevalent among gifted children. (Webb et al)
What strategies did parents use to help their gifted children get to sleep? Suggestions included establishing a night time routine where children are required to shut down all electronics at a set time and allow for a ‘wind down’ period of time. They also allowed their children to read for an extended time, using melatonin temporarily, snacks, back rubs, music, and yoga. A complete transcript can be found here.
“I Can’t Get to Sleep Mum.” from NZ Association for Gifted Children
Early Signs of Giftedness (pdf) by Linda Silverman
Gifted Children and Sleep (You Tube 41:22)
Sleepless Gifted Children from Lorel Shea
Cybraryman’s Sleep Page
Photos: Courtesy of the Morgue File
Posted on April 7, 2014, in Emotional intensity, family, gifted and talented, parenting and tagged gifted, gifted and sleep, gifted and talented, gtchat, Sleep issues, TAGT, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.