Do BedWetting Alarms Work For Deep Sleepers?
Most bedwetting alarms are designed to have enough volume that it can wake up the parents too, and some can even come with an additional alarm unit that you can keep with you so that you know when your child’s alarm has gone off.
The key to bedwetting alarms is for your child to wake up as soon as their alarm goes off. Don’t be discouraged if it takes some time for your child to respond to the alarm, learning to wake up from a deep sleep can be tough.
By helping them get used to it during the first couple of weeks and waking them to go to the toilet their body will start to pay attention to the alarm and wake up on their own.
It can also help if you practice using the alarm with your child during the day. Set off the alarm with some water, and show them how to turn it off and make their way to the toilet while they are fully awake. This will help your child know what to do in the middle of the night when they wake up from their deep sleep.
Bedwetting And Obstructive Sleep Apnea
For these children, bedwetting products like Goodnites® may be all they’ll need to keep their bed dry and wake up awesome while their body naturally develops out of their bedwetting phase.
But this isn’t always the case. One of the common physical causes of secondary enuresis is a sleeping disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OPA). Research published in 2003 by Associate Professor Lee Brooks studied 160 children with sleep apnea. 41% of these children also wet the bed at night. Doctors believe that children with OPA may wet the bed because they are not getting a good night of sleep and find it harder to wake up due to a full bladder.
So, while there is definitely a link between deep sleep and bedwetting, deep sleep can be a symptom of quality sleep, and also of restless sleep when it comes to sleep apnea. As a parent it is important to know when to seek advice about your child’s bedwetting.