Can't Sleep Kid
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Can't Sleep Kid

2009, Health  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 7.30/10 from 27 users.

Jessica is 3 1/2 years of age. By day, she's a delightful and well behaved child who enjoys playing with her parents and brother. But when nighttime falls and she drifts to sleep, she assumes a different reality altogether. Carrying on imaginary conversations, gesticulating wildly to people who aren't there, and calling out random words and phrases, she's clearly suffering from some kind of severe sleep disorder. Her condition has befuddled even the most seasoned experts in the field of sleep study. Can't Sleep Kid follows Jessica and her family as they struggle to find answers and reverse the tide of sleep deprivation that's wrecking havoc on her young life.

The unusual behaviors began when Jessica was just 11 months old. When they occur, she is completely immersed in her fantasy world and does not respond to outside stimuli. One specialist after another has been unable to discern whether she's suffering from insomnia, night terrors, full-fledged hallucinations, or an entirely new type of sleep disorder.

Whatever the cause, Jessica's disorder poses a serious threat to her health and development. As she nears school age, she could potentially suffer from low energy, cognitive delays, and behavioral issues. Her condition has also impacted the quality of her parent's lives. Afraid their daughter might inadvertently hurt herself during one of her nighttime episodes, they keep her in their bed where they can keep a close watch on her. This deprives them of the sleep they need to properly function during the day, and it also hinders any opportunities for intimacy.

The last hope might be found at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, a highly acclaimed medical facility that houses the world's foremost pediatric sleep specialists. Assisted by an assortment of electronic devices and watchful night cameras, they work to diagnose and treat Jessica's puzzling condition. If they can pinpoint the triggers of her episodes, they might be able to restore her ability to sleep peacefully through the night.

Can't Sleep Kid is a moving portrait of one family's struggle in the face of an elusive illness, and a fascinating look inside the mysteries of the human condition.

Directed by: Amelia Hann

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4 years ago

but she was interacting with her mom , answering questions , looking at her when she spoke when she was in this alleged state of being oblivious of her surroundings

4 years ago

I am sorry but this kid needs SLEEPING PILLS while they investigate her case !!!!!!!

5 years ago

I’m looking for an update on this child and how she is doing now (2018)

Jeremy Scott
5 years ago

Wow. Amazing documentary.

You are super mom.

Glad the little one seems to be doing better.

I’m curious as to how she is now years later.

5 years ago

Maybe if Dad where home the kid would be better....get out of the killing game and maybe become a chef or a teacher or something.

Mike Neal
5 years ago

weed oil stops my dreams/nightmares. Have they said anything about trying it?

5 years ago

dear madam
i would like to have a mother like you and i pray Him for that
with utmost regards

Mark LaJoie
5 years ago

Since she doesn't seem to be sleep deprived, it would seem that, although physically active, she is sleeping, and she is dreaming. It would seem to be she is experiencing a rare form of somnambulism. (Somnactivism?)
Perhaps she could be restricted at night to an environment where she could not wander or injure herself.

5 years ago

Tanya - What a wonderful mother you are. Your kindness and calm nature will serve your children well all their lives. You are an amazing young woman, and I hope your husband is now back safely. I wish your family all the very best in life. Many blessings on all of you.