Deep Sleep? Consistency is the Key!
Sam does not wake up to the sound of the bedwetting alarm. He sometimes gets out of the bed, slowly walks to his sister’s room, and then turns on the light, while being still asleep. Yes, Sam is a deep-sleeper – and he can, too, stop his bedwetting.
Having a deep-sleeping child is not the end of the world. In fact, most bedwetters are characterized by extremely deep sleep. They usually do not wake up to the alarm, and do not remember anything in the morning. Sometimes they open their eyes or cry. In the morning, they wake up confused and sometimes extremely disoriented.
However, parents do need to remember this: the purpose of the alarm is not to wake up the child, but to teach him or her how to control their bladder while they are asleep.
If your child is a deep sleeper, there are a few steps you should take when you hear the sound of their alarm:
- You need to come as fast as you can to their room;
- You need to wake them up even if they resist;
- You need to wash their face if they are sleepy;
- And, most importantly – you need to be consistent!
As time passes, the brain will gradually make a connection between the bedwetting, the buzzer and the unpleasant experience of waking up and going to the bathroom. The size of the urine spot will get smaller, time of bedwetting will be pushed towards the morning and eventually the bedwetting will stop. In the meantime, don’t forget to use positive reinforcements while your child is still going through the treatment process.
* The above image is for illustration purpose only.
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