For Families and Carers : Sleep


Little girl with a top-knot lying down on her side

Getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep problems are more common in children with Down’s syndrome. These can be behavioural or physical in nature (related to sleep disordered breathing) or a combination of the two. Bed time routines, consistent bedtime and waking times, going to bed when tired, falling asleep without parents, avoiding excitement near bedtime are some of the things that help to lessen the likelihood of behavioural sleep problems.

Take a look at our booklet Managing Sleep Problems in Children with Down’s Syndrome.

Further resources for families

Early Support has a Sleep Booklet.

The Sleep Apnoea Trust has a list of sleep clinics in the UK that can monitor sleep difficulties.

Seeking further support

The Cerebra Sleep Service has a team of sleep practitioners covering parts of the UK who can offer help and advice on sleep issues.

It is becoming increasingly recognised that parent carers need support with their children’s sleep. There are currently a number of courses that train sleep practitioners in England. The Children’s Sleep Charity has a list of sleep practitioners available across the country who are specifically trained to work with families with a child or young person who has additional needs. For more information email

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