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Childhood sleep difficulties

Psychological approaches can be helpfully applied to understanding and managing children’s sleep problems. This can help families to make sense of and begin to tackle their child’s sleep problems. This is important because persistent sleep difficulties in children often lead to difficulties in daytime functioning, including behaviour problems, poor concentration, tiredness during the day, the need for more naps, inability to wake up when necessary, and additional mental health issues. These issues may present within children, as well as other members of the family affected by the sleeping difficulties.

Behaviour based sleep problems

Common sleep difficulties found in children are related to behaviour. These difficulties can happen at bedtime or during the night and include frequent calling out and getting out of bed, difficulty getting to sleep, not wanting to sleep in their own bed, frequent nighttime waking, bedtime fear and sleep anxiety, and irregular sleeping times. Behavioural sleep problems are treated with behaviour strategies to reduce the behaviour that’s causing the problem.

Medical based sleep problems
In addition to behavioural sleep problems, children’s sleep can also be affected by medical conditions, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome, and delayed sleep phase. Visit the Australian Sleep Foundation website for more information on medical conditions that may be affecting your child’s sleep.
Here at Talking Sleep, we focus on identifying, understanding, and modifying a child’s sleep in relation to behaviour based sleep difficulties. If you believe your child is suffering from poor sleep due to a medical-related issues, we encourage you to seek expert advice from your GP.

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