"But Mommy, I CAN'T go to sleep! My brain won't turn off!" If your child has made comments like this when you insist it's time to go to sleep, you may think he or she is just making up an excuse to to stay up. The truth is that many gifted children have trouble falling asleep because they can't seem to stop thinking.
You can turn the lights out and insist it's time for sleep, but that won't make your child's brain slow down. If your child has trouble getting to sleep, try some of the common strategies like relaxation techniques. However, these strategies aren't always effective with gifted children, whose brains just don't seem to want to stop working. It might help if you understand why some gifted kids have trouble getting to sleep and what you can do about it.