Sleep Week 2019! How to promote sleep in my child?

Why is Sleep important?


Sleep is just as important as food, shelter and safety. It allows the brain to recharge and the body to regenerate. Healthy sleep allows people to function at optimal alertness.

Healthy sleep requires:

  • Sufficient amount (time)
  • Uninterrupted (quality)
  • Natural sleep cycle (circadian rhythm)
  • Age-appropriate naps

Children need sleep to:

  • Remember what they learn
  • Pay attention and concentrate
  • Solve problems and think of new ideas
  • Grow muscle, bones and skin
  • Repair damage and injuries
  • Fight sickness

Different ages need different amount of sleep:

  • Babies – 12-15 hours throughout the day and night
  • Toddlers – 11-14 hours/day
  • Young children – 10-13 hours/day
  • Older children – 9-11 hours/day

If your child is having difficulty sleeping, a Psychologist or Occupational Therapist may be able to help.

For more information – Sleep Council 



Tara is a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist, currently based in Reading, United Kingdom. She has extensive experience working with children who have individual, additional and complex needs. She has a detailed understanding of early intervention, trans-disciplinary working, autism and sensory processing, as well as the importance of meaningful occupation. She enjoys working in a multi disciplinary team and would like to complete a Masters in Paediatrics in the future.

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