Sleep

Sleep

girl sleeping

A good night’s sleep is important for everyone’s physical and mental health. Children who sleep well are more likely to be able to regulate their emotions. They are generally also more motivated and able to concentrate, learn and remember.

Often children and young people do not get enough sleep. This can be for a number of reasons including bedtime resistance, waking during the night and/or waking too early. Undetected sleep conditions can also affect the quality of a person’s sleep, causing them to feel tired during the day despite having slept for an adequate amount of time.

Children with developmental or learning disabilities are more likely to have difficulties with sleep. Many people think that some children just don’t need as much sleep. This is especially the case with children with autism. It is my belief that everyone does need and can achieve a full night’s sleep. I believe that some children with communication, learning and sensory processing difficulties can find it harder to learn how to sleep well, but with the right approach they can be taught to achieve effective sleep.

Usually when sleep difficulties are resolved, parents notice that the child’s daytime behaviour improves. Teachers often observe that the child’s memory improves and their motivation and ability to learn increases.

The service I provide includes a full sleep assessment to determine the reasons for poor sleep; treatment to help their child achieve longer and better quality sleep; and training for parents and professionals to help develop their understanding of sleep and of how to help children to achieve a full night’s sleep.