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This newsletter contains a weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

How to Help Your Child Get Enough Sleep

April 18, 2023

How does your child feel if they haven’t slept well? Moody? Cranky? Sluggish? Sleep deprivation can affect kids’ ability to control their emotions, impulses, and behavior. It can make symptoms of mental health disorders worse. And most kids and teens aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep each night.

This week on childmind.org, we round up resources on why kids struggle to get enough sleep and how parents can help. We provide tips on how to choose sleep strategies for infants and improve sleep hygiene for older kids. We also look at factors that make sleep deprivation common among teenagers, and we dive into the physical, mental, and behavioral consequences, especially for those predisposed to mood disorders like depression. Finally, we consider how lack of sleep can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADHD.

– Stephanie Cornwell, Staff Editor | 

Related Resources

Encouraging Good Sleep Habits

Tips for helping kids fall –– and stay –– asleep.


Choosing a Sleep training Method That Works for Your Family

A survey of strategies from ‘cry it out’ to ‘no cry.’


Why Are Teenagers So Sleep-Deprived?

A perfect storm of biology, technology, and homework.


Teens and Sleep: The Cost of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of adequate sleep is linked to moodiness, risky behavior, and injuries.


How to Help Teenagers Get More Sleep

It’s not easy, but parents can encourage good sleep habits.


ADHD and Sleep Disorders: Are Kids Getting Misdiagnosed?

Since both cause attention problems, they can be difficult to tease apart.


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