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Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well


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Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.   Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well

Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  What can keep children from sleeping well?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  Why is it important for your child to get enough sleep?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  How can you help your children and yourself sleep well?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  Where to go from here

What? - What is the medical information or key concepts related to the action?  What can keep children from sleeping well?

Several types of sleep problems can keep a child awake at night:

Test Your Knowledge

  1. Sleep problems are always the result of other health problems, such as asthma.

    1. True

      This answer is incorrect.

      A health problem is just one of many possible reasons why a child might not be sleeping well.

    2. False

      This answer is correct.

      A health problem is just one of many possible reasons why a child might not be sleeping well.


Why? - Why the action is important?  Why is it important for your child to get enough sleep?

Children who don't get enough good quality sleep may have trouble learning and developing socially. They may be tired during the day and not able to pay attention in school.

And a child's sleep problems can affect parents' sleep. Parents may be in the child's room during the night trying to get the child back to sleep—or the child may try to get in bed with the parents to get back to sleep. Lack of sleep can make parents tired during the day, affecting work and family life.

Test Your Knowledge

  1. When a child has sleep problems, parents may feel the effects in their own lives.

    1. True

      This answer is correct.

      If your child's sleep problems are keeping you up and causing you stress, you may be too tired during the day to do your best at work and at home.

    2. False

      This answer is incorrect.

      If your child's sleep problems are keeping you up and causing you stress, you may be too tired during the day to do your best at work and at home.


How? - Learn the steps involved in taking action.  How can you help your children and yourself sleep well?

Help your baby sleep well

Help your child sleep well

Help your teen sleep well

Help yourself sleep well

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Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
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Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body

Test Your Knowledge

  1. Parents shouldn't worry about making things worse by being frustrated and stressed out, because babies who are crying a lot don't notice things like that.

    1. True

      This answer is incorrect.

      It's important to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to a parent's feelings of frustration.

    2. False

      This answer is correct.

      It's important to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to a parent's feelings of frustration.


  2. It's a good idea to try to wake up your child during night terrors.

    1. True

      This answer is incorrect.

      Do not try to wake your child during a night terror. Instead, reassure and hold your child to prevent injury.

    2. False

      This answer is correct.

      Do not try to wake your child during a night terror. Instead, reassure and hold your child to prevent injury.


  3. Even teenagers need bedtime routines.

    1. True

      This answer is correct.

      Have your teenager go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.

    2. False

      This answer is incorrect.

      Have your teenager go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.


Where? - Other resources and organizations that can help you take action.  Where to go from here

Now that you have read this information, you are ready to take steps to help your family sleep better.

If you have questions about this information, print it out and take it with you when you visit your doctor.

Organizations

KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens
Nemours Home Office
10140 Centurion Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: (904) 697-4100
Web Address: www.kidshealth.org
 

This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health—from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.


National Sleep Foundation
1010 North Glebe Road
Suite 310
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 243-1697
Email: nsf@sleepfoundation.org
Web Address: www.sleepfoundation.org
 

The National Sleep Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, can provide you with brochures on sleep disorders and a list of accredited sleep disorder clinics.


Credits for Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised July 24, 2013

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