There are oral forms of diazepam as well. These are mainly used for the short-term treatment of severe anxiety. This type of anxiety can be associated with insomnia. Night terrors and sleepwalking cases in children can also result in this type of anxiety.
When the administration of diazepam is undertaken, there will be a reduction in the time taken by the child to fall asleep. The nocturnal awakenings will also reduce and so will the total amount of time spent sleeping (Richter & Ackermann, 1977). However, this treatment should not be used for long term purposes. There is a very high potential for an individual to get dependent and addicted to the drug because of its effects. Diazepam has been known to remain in the body for many hours, and may thus result in drowsiness the next day.