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Children and sleep

Good sleep is important for good health. Children need enough sleep to let their bodies and brains grow and develop. It is hard to know how much sleep children need – if they wake up happy and refreshed they have had enough – but most children sleep less as they grow older.

Experts recommend babies should sleep in their own cots wherever possible, as sleeping with their parents may increase the risk of the baby to stop breathing. If you have concerns about sleep problems like snoring or sleepwalking, it is best to discuss this with your doctor.

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Last reviewed: August 2014

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Night terrors in children | Raising Children Network

One minute children are sleeping like angels, the next theyre screaming and thrashing about this is a night terror. Night terrors in children can be scary to see, but they dont hurt or scare your child.

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Childrens sleep: answers to 20 FAQs | Raising Children Network

Is your child getting enough sleep? Get answers to this and other FAQs about childrens sleep, sleep problems, sleep needs and sleep habits. Article available in: Arabic, Dari, Karen, Persian, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese.

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Sleep disorders in children

Some young children suffer from sleeping disorders. Learn more about common sleep problems including sleepwalking, insomnia, night terrors and sleep rocking.

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Sleep Terrors

The Sleep Health Foundation is a non-profit organisation and Australian public advocate for sleep health and aims to improve people’s lives through better sleep.

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Sleep apnoea: children & teenagers | Raising Children Network

If your child has obstructive sleep apnoea, she might snore, pause or struggle for breath while asleep. If you think your child has sleep apnoea, see a GP.

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Sleep Problems and Sleep Disorders in School Aged Children

There are a number of common sleep problems and sleep disorders that are known to affect children.

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Melatonin and Children

Important Things to Know About Melatonin Use in Children

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Persistent sleep problems: kids & teens | Raising Children Network

About persistent sleep problems in children and teens insomnia, sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and delayed sleep phase. Article available in: Arabic, Dari, Karen, Persian, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese.

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Sleep and your child

Common sleep disorders include nightmares and night terrors and sleepwalking. Bedwetting in children can also be a problem in early childhood.

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Childhood Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The Sleep Health Foundation is a non-profit organisation and Australian public advocate for sleep health and aims to improve people’s lives through better sleep.

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