The environment we sleep in plays an important part in the sleep cycle (see Sleep Facts).
Your child may be having trouble reaching a sufficient state of comfort or calm to induce sleep, or those who wake during the sleep cycle to a change in environment may struggle to drift back off to sleep.
You might want to consider whether the following might be affecting your child’s sleep:
- Too hot or too cold
- Too quiet or too noisy
- Too light or too dark
- Too stimulating (colours, smells, toys, pictures)
- Comfort of mattress/bedding/clothing
- Sleeping position/movement
- Screen time.
Also see Bedtime Routine for information on how to help your child settle.
Contact have collected some standard approaches that help disabled children get a good night's rest. Visit the Contact Helping You and Your Child Sleep page for more information.
You can find information entitled 'Make the Bedroom a Relaxing Place' on page 12 of their parent guide ‘Helping Your Child 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 bedroom environments is on p18.