Sleep problems

There are many reasons why children resist going to bed or wake up during the night - check out some of the most common ones, and strategies for managing them.

Young boy crying before bedtime

There are many reasons why children wake up during the night. Find out about some of the most common ones.

If your child stalls or refuses to go to bed at the right time, find out what you do to manage this bedtime resistance.

How to manage delayed sleep depends on what's causing it - for example, bedtime resistance, anxiety or sleep associations. Find out what you can do if your child is going to bed later than they should.

Check out some strategies for managing insomnia in children. Good sleep habits are really important for children who have problems falling asleep (insomnia).

Night terrors are scary to watch but usually harmless to children. The most important thing to do when your child has a night terror is to keep your child safe.

The best thing that you can do if your child has a nightmare is comfort them. Following most nightmares, your child will be reassured by a few minutes of comfort.

Nightmares are bad dreams that are usually related to worries your child may have. Night terrors can be very frightening and usually happen 1 or 2 hours after falling asleep.

There are many reasons why children wake up during the night - find out about some of the most common ones.

Children with restless legs have an uncomfortable feeling in their legs when trying to fall asleep. If your child has restless legs, find out how you can manage this.

Anxiety is probably a common cause of difficulties settling to sleep at both the start of the night and overnight. Find out about strategies you can use to help your child.

Sleep associations happen when your child learns to fall asleep with a certain object or activity. Changing sleep associations is all about teaching your child to fall asleep by themselves, without that object or activity.

Although noisy breathing during sleep is common in children, it may be a sign that your child is having difficulty breathing. The medical name for this is obstructive sleep apnoea.