Sleep is really important to a child or young person’s overall wellbeing. 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 a child need?

At different stages of development, children need different amounts of sleep. The length of time your child needs to sleep varies dependent upon age. To see how much sleep your child needs, visit the NHS Sleep page

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.

If you have a 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

For more information, visit the Sleep Council website.