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Behavioural Sleep Problems in Children

Behavioral sleep problems are common in the paediatric population. While a sudden change in your child's sleep patterns may be short-term in nature, some sleep problems are persistent and can have an adverse affect on the quality of life of both children and caregivers.


Behaviour-based Persistent Sleep Problems

These behaviours may happen at bedtime or during the night and may include:

  • Refusal to sleep in his or her own bed

  • Getting out of bed after bid goodnight

  • Calling out after bid goodnight

  • Inability to fall asleep with parental presence

  • Waking up throughout the night


Impact of Persistent Sleep Problems on Families

A lack of quality sleep may result in behaviour problems, difficulty concentrating, poorer memory, and difficulty understanding instructions. The longterm implications of a lack of sleep may include academic failure and worsened health related conditions (Owens et al, 2019). Behavioral sleep problems in children, .


Getting Help

Caring for a child with persistent sleep problems affects the entire family and can be incredibly disruptive to the daily routine. A positive first step is to speak with your family physician to determine if medical intervention is required. Once medical conditions have been ruled out, seeking support from a professional with experience in designing behaviour-based interventions can help get things back on track.


References

Owens, J., Chervin, R., Hoppin, A. (2019), Behavioural Sleep Problems in Children. Retrieved from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/behavioral-sleep-problems-in-children.


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