Sleep Problems in Young Children

Sleep plays a crucial role in a child’s development and wellbeing. However, many young children and toddlers experience sleep problems at some point. These issues can be frustrating for both parents and children, impacting daytime behaviour and overall mood. At Bridges Therapy Centre, we understand the challenges parents face when their young children or toddlers experience sleep disturbances. We offer child psychotherapy in London, providing support and guidance to help your child overcome these challenges and achieve restful sleep patterns.

There are a number of common sleep problems that young children may experience. These include:


  • Difficulty falling asleep: This can be caused by inconsistent bedtime routines, daytime naps that are too long or too late, anxiety about separation, or fear of the dark.
  • Frequent night wakings: This could be due to teething pain, needing to use the toilet, nightmares, or simply wanting attention.
  • Early morning wakings: This may be related to inconsistent sleep schedules, too much late-day activity, or environmental factors like light or noise.
  • Restlessness: This can manifest as difficulty staying still in bed, kicking off covers, or talking excessively during sleep.


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Types of Sleep Disorders in Children

  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Sleep Apnea: Pauses in breathing during sleep, leading to frequent awakenings.
  • Night terrors: Episodes of intense fear and crying during sleep, often accompanied by confusion and difficulty waking the child fully.
  • Sleepwalking: Unconscious walking or even complex activities during sleep.

If your child is experiencing consistent sleep problems that are impacting their daytime functioning, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional. They can rule out any underlying medical conditions and provide guidance on addressing the issue.


How We Can Help

Here at Bridges, we offer child counselling in London and Cambridge, to help address sleep problems in young children which are related to emotional or behavioural factors. Our child psychotherapists create a safe and nurturing environment where your child can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to sleep. By fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship, we empower your child to develop healthy coping mechanisms and improve their overall sleep quality.


Contact Us

If your child is experiencing sleep disturbances, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today to arrange a free 15 minute informal consultation.


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The contents on this site is for information only, and is not meant to substitute the advice of your own physician or other medical professional