SleepSleepSleepSEnglishPreventionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-09-23T04:00:00ZLanding PageLearning Hub<p>Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can improve a child’s or teen’s physical, cognitive and emotional state. Learn how you can help your child or teen start or continue a healthy sleep routine.</p><p>Sleep is essential for many of our functions. Babies, children and teens who get the recommended amount of sleep each night tend to do better with learning, memory, behavior, and overall mental and physical health. There are many reasons why a child may not get enough sleep. Learn what some of these are and how to help your child develop good sleep habits.<br></p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLjJtOP3StIuUzDEHQ26azPp3X36nXGstg" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br></div><p>For more videos from SickKids experts in collaboration with Youngster, visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKMd2cYwegtZX19uHdNLQA">Youngster on YouTube</a>. <br></p><p>For child health videos from AboutKidsHealth, visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/aboutkidshealth">AboutKidsHealth on YouTube.</a><br></p><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Sleep</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Some babies and children fall asleep and stay asleep easily while others need a routine to settle down. Depending on their age, there are guidelines for how much sleep a child or teen needs each night.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Babies</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=633&language=English">Babies: Phasing out nighttime feedings</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=447&language=English">Sleep time for newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=446&language=English">States of alertness in newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=460&language=English">Sudden infant death syndrome</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Older children</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=647&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleep</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=646&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your teen get a good night's sleep</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3632&language=English">Sleep and your mental health: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3633&language=English">Sleep and mental health: Sorting out your sleep routine</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Sleep-related conditions</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>A child’s sleep may be disrupted by a number of common health or medical conditions. Learn about some of these conditions and how they can affect a child’s sleep. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Common conditions that can affect sleep</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=16&language=English">Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=305&language=English">Night terrors</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=306&language=English">Sleep problems</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=29&language=English">Headache</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1867&language=English">Sleep time for premature babies</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Medical conditions that can affect sleep</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=766&language=English">Head injury and concussion</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1918&language=English">Obstructive sleep apnea</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1210&language=English">Adenoidectomy with obstructive sleep apnea: Caring for your child after the operation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=831&language=English">Enlarged adenoids</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Well-being</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Screen time and physical activity can affect a child’s sleep. Too much screen time or too little activity can result in sleep deficiency. Learn how to balance both to enhance a child’s sleep and well-being. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Physical activity</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=642&language=English">Physical activity: Guidelines for children and teens</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Screen time</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=644&language=English">How to help your child set healthy screen time limits</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Pain and sleep</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>If a child is living with pain, the amount of sleep they get every night can affect their mood and pain levels the following day. Find some suggestions to help your child get a good night’s sleep. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Chronic pain</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3652&language=English">Chronic pain: How to assess in teens</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3654&language=English">Chronic pain: Effective parenting for teens</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3649&language=English">Chronic pain: Effective parenting for young children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3651&language=English">Chronic pain: Effective parenting for older children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3650&language=English">Chronic pain: How to treat and manage in older children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3648&language=English">Chronic pain: How to assess in older children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3646&language=English">Chronic pain: How to assess in young children</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>JIA</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1101&language=English">Encouraging healthy lifestyle habits</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1077&language=English">Exercise and juvenile idiopathic arthritis</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Cancer</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3816&language=English">Cancer-related pain: Parenting strategies to support the 3Ps</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3621&language=English">Encouraging healthy habits</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3814&language=English">Assessing cancer-related pain in children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3813&language=English">Cancer-related pain in children</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Mental health</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>A healthy sleep routine can benefit a child who is experiencing anxiety or depression. Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can improve their physical, cognitive and emotional state. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Anxiety</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=18&language=English">Anxiety: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=271&language=English">Anxiety: Signs and symptoms</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=702&language=English">Anxiety: Treatment with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Depression</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=19&language=English">Depression: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=284&language=English">Depression: Signs and symptoms</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=708&language=English">Depression: Treatment with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Teen content</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3632&language=English">Sleep and your mental health: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3633&language=English">Sleep and mental health: Sorting out your sleep routine</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3783&language=English">Physical activity and mental health: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3784&language=English">Physical activity and mental health: Types of physical activity</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3777&language=English">Stress and health</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Videos</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>These videos can help a child when they need a break in the day or they can be used to help them get some much-needed rest at the end of the day. These videos can give a child the tools to relax when feelings are running high.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/2fbaoqkY0Qk">Sleep: A bedtime story</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/nQdM_Cku9pA">A moment of peace</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/QTsUEOUaWpY">Everyday mindfulness</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/GgBVIZAEQqU">STOP for mindfulness</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/0QXmmP4psbA">You are not your thoughts</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/jaNAwy3XsfI">Being with all of your experiences</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://youtu.be/cFCiUlFKuO4">Two wings to fly - Mindfulness and compassion</a><br></li></ol></div>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/sleeping_learning_hub.jpgSleep