Night Terrors? Try The Lully Sleep Guardian

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    Night Terrors? Try The Lully Sleep Guardian

    Night terrors.  If you’ve never experienced them, you may think they are no big deal, similar to a bad dream.  But if you are one of the many who have a toddler with night terrors, you understand why they are called “night terrors” because your is out of their mind, inconsolable, and completely terrified.

    Nobody really knows what causes night terrors.  Typically, they happen around the same time every night, when the is in a deep .  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    Night terrors occur most often in and preschoolers and take place during the deepest stages of .  Deepest is usually early in the night, often before .  During a night terror, your might:

    *Cry uncontrollably

    *Sweat, shake, or breathe fast

    *Have a terrified, confused, or glassy look

    *Thrash around, scream, kick, or stare

    *Not recognize you or realize you are there.

    *Try to push you away, especially if you try to hold him.

    The important thing to remember is that night terrors are temporary.  Your will go back to and never know that the night terror happened.  Still, it can be disturbing to see your in so much distress.

    My own sons had night terrors and they were awful.  I remember thinking how out of control they were.  Screaming, kicking and basically fighting like mad until they finally fell back to .  To say night terrors are dramatic is an understatement.  So when I saw a product that claimed to with night terrors, I was very curious.  Since my boys are teenagers now, I decided to reach out to a mom of a toddler to give the Lully Sleep Guardian a try.

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    Emma is mom to Felix, who is 17 months and experiencing  night terrors.  Recently, Emma posted on a local mom’s support forum:

    “Any experience with toddler night terrors? I just spent 30 minutes trying to comfort an inconsolable, screeeeaming 17-month old to no avail. Things I’ve read said they will have a wild look in their eyes but his are shut tight and nothing we do calms him from his hysteria. Eventually he falls back a. This is the fourth time in 2 weeks that we’ve done this. Just another phase or something else??”

    Emma was game to try out the Lully Guardian.  When it came in the mail, we were surprised to see how simple it is.  Basically, it is a small, flat, round vibrating device (called a pod) that you plug in and place under your ’s mattress.  Next, you download the Lully App from the App Store and plug your phone into the pod.  You answer a few questions about your and you are ready.  The app will notify you when to deploy the vibrating pod.  The vibration should not fully wake your , merely disrupt his cycle so that he can avoid night terrors.

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    Emma liked the simple directions and appealing illustrations.  She also really liked the simplicity of the app.  I downloaded it as well and it really is a no-brainer to use.  Here are a few screenshots of the app:

     

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    Emma found the vibrating pod to be effective in rousing Felix without fully waking him.  Once Felix moved, she was easily able to stop the vibration so he stayed a.

    Emma did wonder about timing, as the app suggested that she rouse Felix 2.5 hours after he went to bed.  Because Emma goes to bed early, she felt that she might already be ing at the time that the app’s alarm went off.  According to the Lully website, the product is built on the principal of scheduled awakening.  

    What’s scheduled awakening? With the scheduled awakenings method, observe and record their ’s natural waking times during the night for a week. A pattern of regular waking times should emerge. Then, following this schedule, wake the 15 minutes before each of those natural awakening times and soothe the back to each time.

    Night terrors happen during an unhealthy stage of deep cycle. The scheduled awakenings method prevents your from entering that unhealthy stage…

    There is an algorithm that is used to develop the scheduled awakening plan for your according to the questions you answer.  In Emma’s case, the algorithm had her waking Felix a little later than she had planned.   Emma decided to use the Lully before she went to bed and it did still work in preventing night terrors.

    Emma and I were both under the impression that the app controlled the Lully pod remotely and the parent just set up the app and it did all the work.  The reality is, even though the app prompts you to use the Lully at the appropriate time, you must be standing by the ’s bed to deploy the vibrating pod.  I found out that this was so the parent can monitor the during the vibration to make sure he doesn’t fully wake.

    A few more things to know about the Lully:

    *The recommended age is between 18 months and 12 years old.

    *You should only use the Lully once each night (although you should keep records of all night terrors). This s to train your to manage his own cycle.

    *The Lully works with co-ing or different bed scenarios ( crib, mattress on the floor, etc)

    *The Lully only works with iOS devices such the iPhone and iPad.

    The Verdict:  This can be an effective product for families struggling with night terrors.  Not only is it simple and easy to use, it works (I was also very impressed with the content of the Lully Sleep Guardian website which provides a whole host of resources about night terrors).  So if you are one of the many families dealing with night terrors, give the Lully a try.  You may all better.

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