Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lully as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
Every since K was a toddler we experienced what we thought were nightmares. We didn’t understand why she always woke up screaming in the middle of the night, sweating, and really just uncontrollable. Often she’d be so out of control she’d wake up everyone. I did some research (thanks, Google Drs) and turns out our dear sweet baby was experiencing night terrors. I always felt so helpless. We would rock her, try to get her something to drink or something. Often it seemed like she was still sleeping but we couldn’t wake her up. It’s been a rough 5ish years to say the least.
She’s gotten better over the years but she still has at least 2 episodes a night. Nothing we’ve seemed to try has really helped. We do limit her water intake about an hour before bed because one of the common causes of night terrors is an overfull bladder.
Before I get any deeper, yes, there is a difference between a nightmare and a night terror:
You can remember nightmares
Can be woken up
You can have nightmares all your life.
Happen during REM sleep Happen during the transition of stages 3 (deep sleep) to 4 (intense deep sleep)
You have no recollection of the night terror
Can sit up, move around, have eyes open but they aren’t really awake
Night terrors generally happen between the ages of 4 to 12. But have been reported as early as 18 months.
Thankfully I can “sleep better” at night knowing that night terrors are “benign” conditions, meaning they have no harmful impact on the child experiencing them. They weren’t caused by a traumatic experience or psychological problem. They are just something that 20-30% of young children experience (along with other sleep challenges).
I have very strong feelings about keeping medication out of my kid’s system so my approach to K’s night terrors has always been lots of love and comfort and just helping her get through it. I was comforted to hear about a product from Lully called the Lully Sleep Guardian 2, a non-prescription option based on the proven approach of “scheduled awakenings.” The Sleep Guardian 2 takes a time-tested approach to night terror prevention and fits seamlessly into your life.
It’s a little pod that you place under your child’s mattress and you the parent use the app to tell Lully your child’s sleep patterns and night terror schedule. This information helps Lully learn to vibrate at the perfect time. Then, it senses when your child moves, and turns itself off without waking them. These little vibrations prevent night terrors before they start. This leads to restful, uninterrupted sleep, free of night terrors.
As a parent, your job is to have to do is open the app, tap bedtime and you are set. Lully will remind you and ask if you’ve put your child to bed (yes, I’ve forgotten so I like that reminder). It will give a warning before the vibration goes off too. This is the perfect time to creep in and make sure Lully is doing the job and shutting off when your little one stirs. Remember it takes 28 days of consistent use for Lully to 100% work so give it time and trust in the process. It’s a cycle that has to be broken and learned.
You can adjust the vibration if needed but so far we’ve hit the sweet spot. It makes K stir but she has not actually be woken up what so ever.
About 2 weeks in and we have had a few night terrors but nowhere near what she used to experience. We’ve definitely welcomed the sleep with open arms and everyone has been waking up in a better mood. I knew I was losing sleep but I guess I didn’t realize how much it was changing my attitude first thing in the morning.
I’m really glad we found the Lully Sleep Guardian 2 when we did because now it seems like B is experiencing the same night terror episodes. Definitely have to invest in a second device to get his night terrors out of here before too long.