Sleep is as important to our bodies as food and water, and it is especially important for children and young people as they grow learn and develop. There are a range of things that may have an impact on sleep, including: developmental reasons, technology, and things in the environment, routines, health, genetic or neurobiological reasons, worries and stress, behavioural reasons. A child or young person may experience sleeping difficulties if:
- They are unable to fall asleep within 5-30 minutes of going to bed;
- They are unable to stay asleep throughout the night;
- If they experience daytime tiredness;
- They have a medical condition (or medication) that interferes with their sleep.
Sleep difficulties in children with additional needs
A video for parents and carers who are concerned about their children's sleep.
- Sleep difficulties in children with additional needs (Bangla Audio)
- Sleep difficulties in children with additional needs (Urdu Audio)
- Sleep difficulties in children with additional needs (Polish Audio)
There are a number of organisations and services both locally and nationally that can offer support, advice and guidance which can be accessed in conjunction with a health professional (e.g. a GP) to promote better sleep.