It's World Sleep Day Today!
Friday 15th March 2019
A child that doesn't sleep well can affect the whole family.
Disabled children and those with certain medical conditions are more likely to experience problems with sleeping, making it especially important for those in the sector to know how to identify sleep patterns, which factors can affect poor sleep and what to do about it.
Many parents tell us they feel caught in a vicious cycle struggling to cope - and it's no surprise when you look at the research. 86 per cent of children with additional needs have issues with sleep. So if you're experiences difficulties, you're not alone.
How Contact can help
To help your child sleep so that you can get some sleep too, we have a range of products available in our online shop - from wipe clean pillows to night wear.
And our sleep webpage and parent guide, Helping your child sleep, are full of practical information and advice. You can check how much sleep a child needs at each age, learn about the sleep cycle and common causes of sleep disturbance. It also includes information on:
- Why sleep can be a problem
- How to make your child's bedroom a relaxing place
- Creating a bedtime routine
- How to deal with crying to avoid bedtime
- What is Melatonin and how it may help, plus much more
Also in this series
- Potty/Toilet training [PDF] - practical tips and advice on how to approach this issue
- Feeding and eating [PDF] - some of the reasons behind difficulties disabled children may have with eating and where to go to get help
- Understanding your child's behaviour [PDF] - suggestions about some of the ways your child can be helped.