Stress and anxiety make it harder to get settled and fall asleep. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, more kids are having trouble getting to sleep or sleeping well. Heightened awareness of racial injustice can also add to kids’ anxiety and stress.
Over time, kids who struggle with sleep might start to worry well before bedtime that they’re not going to fall asleep. That worry can make them restless, which makes it even harder to wind down.
When kids are anxious, you may notice that they:
Lie awake alone
Keep popping out of bed to announce “I’m still awake”
Worry during the day, too, and about life in general
Learn more about
signs of anxiety in young kids
tweens and teens