Sleep deprivation not only affects a child’s learning, behaviour, mood and health but also the physical and mental well-being of the whole family.
All children have sleep difficulties at certain times in their life, but disabled children are more than twice as likely to have problems with sleep. If this starts to become a problem, you may need to seek advice.
Some sleep problems are common with certain impairments, so you need to take account of this if your child has a diagnosis. However, the large majority of sleep problems are behavioural. Visit the Scope website to find out about tips and strategies for tackling sleep problems.
If the sleep difficulties persist after you have tried out the most common advice for overcoming this type of problem, it might be time to get specialist support. Without help, sleep problems can continue for years.
You can search for other sleep counselling services available to families in Norfolk by searching the Norfolk Community Directory.