Like adults, children need the right amount of sleep to be healthy. They also need the right amount of rest to do well at school. Sleep is essential for the release of growth hormones in children and is similarly important for their brain and emotional development.

It can help them make sense of things that happened that day, including what they learned at school and other life skills that they pick up on a regular basis.

But sleep difficulties are among the most common problems in children, with many toddlers and young children unable to settle at night or waking during the night. However, there are several things you can do to make sure you child gets the sleep and rest they need – not to mention help you sleep better too.

The following help sheet gives practical tips on how much sleep your child should be getting, how to prepare for sleep, and help with sleep problems, as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.