Food and diet
Did you know that what you feed your child, the amount of food and at what time they eat, may have an effect on your child’s sleep?
Foods that promote sleep, foods that prevent sleep, being hungry, being full, food intolerances, bloating or constipation may all be contributing to how your child settles and sleeps.
You may wish to try adjusting food habits to help with sleep. However, you should always seek medical advice before making any significant changes to your child’s diet.
Look at the links about food and sleep below.
The Sleep Council provides advice on all aspects of sleep. This information is not aimed at children with disabilities particularly but is sound advice about foods that promote good sleep.
This is a booklet about sleep produced as part of the Early Support programme together with Vicky Dawson of The Children's Sleep Charity. Here you will find information about how to develop good sleep practices and on understanding sleep patterns, the impact of sleep deprivation and causes of sleep issues. The information on diet is on p20.