Sleep advice for young children (ages 5-11)

Behavioural reasons

This doesn’t mean that your child is badly behaved, it simply means its something that they have learned or not yet learned to do. Behaviours are one of the most common causes of sleep problems and easiest to fix with support.

Poor routines

Now that children are at school they can get very tired and need enough sleep for the age group. They need to be in bed at an appropriate time every night so that they get enough sleep. All children need a wind down routine in preparation for bed

Modern lifestyles

Many parents have to work and it can be that you don’t return home until late and you and your child may want to spend time with you, but it’s important this doesn’t interfere with a routine

Not understanding cues to sleep

Some children will still resist sleep and not recognise cues that they are tired. If they miss their natural time to sleep it can be much harder to get them to sleep

Sleeping at the wrong times

Many young children will be very tired when they get in from school. If they are allowed to sleep late in the afternoon or for too long they will not be ready for bed

Anxiety

Young brains are very active and children can have a wild imagination this can lead to a dependence on lights or a parent sleeping /lying with them till they get to sleep

Nightmares

Nightmares, night terrors & sleepwalking

Delayed sleep onset

Not wanting to go to bed or to sleep at the required time. Might involve lots of coming out or calling

Late risers

As above, if children go to bed late they may want to sleep late which affects the whole sleep routine

Environment

Tablets, laptops, TV’s and mobile phones before sleep. These emit blue lights which aren’t good for sleeping and the bright graphics also stimulate rather than relax a child. A room that is too hot or cold or too light may affect their ability to sleep- especially in the summer months

Diet (including drinks)

Too little, too much, too early, too late – a diet rich in processed foods and sugary /caffeinated drinks can interfere with sleep

Bedwetting

Bedwetting may wake the child up and disturb their sleep

Excercise

Lack of exercise and exposure to day light

Family pressures

Too many experts or difference in opinions, or allowing the child to take control of the situation

Medical reasons

Sleep apnoea caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids or obesity, ADHD, autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, iron deficiency, anaemia, restless leg syndrome or pains in legs, poorly controlled asthma, eczema or allergies

Book your consultation, with tailored advice from an expert

Basic package

After a free 15-minute telephone consultation, you can sign up to a plan of support which includes up to an hour’s phone/video call assessment, so that I can understand the problems you are facing. An individual plan will be emailed to you and a further 30-minute telephone appointment will be scheduled in when you are ready to start. Following this we will have up to 10 daily emails and a phone call of up to 30 minutes at the end to review progress.

Price £200

If you need further support, these would be charged at £10 per email or £40 for up to a 30-minute telephone/video call.

Charges are per family for one package of care, there is no extra charge for multiple births such as twins or triplets.

Package 2

After a free 15 minute telephone consultation on facetime/skype. The consultant will then visit you at home for 60 – 90 minutes to carry out a sleep assessment. This will be followed up by a 30 minute phone call and email with the programme of support within the first week. Followed by a weekly email and a phone call at 2 and 4 weeks to further support and monitor progress.

 

This will be followed up by an email with the tailored plan of support within 48 hours and followed up by up to 10 emails to monitor and support progress and a 30-minute telephone call

Price £240

If you need further support, these would be charged at £10 per email or £40 for up to a 30-minute telephone/video call.

Charges are per family for one package of care, there is no extra charge for multiple births such as twins or triplets.

Bespoke Package

You can sign up to the Bespoke young child day to night package which includes a 60- 90-minute home visit for an assessment then a booked return for 12 hour package of care, supporting you with a sleep plan in your own home from morning up to the time when your child goes to bed. Followed up with a written sleep plan within 48 hours and then by up to 10 daily emails and a 30-minute telephone call.

Price £300

If you need further support, these would be charged at £10 per email or £40 for up to a 30-minute telephone/video call.

Charges are per family for one package of care, there is no extra charge for multiple births such as twins or triplets

I also offer a ‘Bespoke child night package – night to day’ which offers the above, plus up to 10 x emails and 2 further home visits for up to 60 minutes each.

Price £420

Each subsequent night booked is £300 per 12-hour night

All care packages must be paid for at the time of booking. Travel expenses will be added for home visits of more than an hour traveling time or above a 30-mile radius. Regrettably, I’m not able to refund money for cancellations. However we can rebook any session canceled for emergencies such as child illness (within 4 weeks, unless otherwise agreed with me).