Sleep is really important to a child or young person’s overall well-being. A lack of sleep will make them tired and irritable and likely to crave sugary foods to keep them awake throughout the day.
How much sleep does your child need?
At different stages of development, children need different amounts of sleep. The length of time your child needs to sleep varies dependant upon age.
To see how much sleep your child needs see here.
How to encourage healthy sleep patterns
With younger children it’s really important to establish a bedtime routine. Try to stick to the same bed time and ritual – a warm bath before bed, reading a book, playing calming music. A darkened room will also help your child to drift off to sleep.
What about my teenager?
Think about encouraging them to…
- Help their brains unwind by going offline.
- Drink a warm, caffeine free drink
- Listen to calming music
- Keep to a regular routine
- Not go to bed hungry
- Get active throughout the day
- Talk about any worries
- Dim the lights…
Check out the Sleep Council website for more details